We all really enjoyed it as the first official summer family film.
For me, while this has its moments, it doesn't come close to much of the other animated family movies that have come out this year.
If ever there was a film made just for me to review, I found it today. And yes, full disclosure, it's because I'm one of THOSE people.
It is often breathtaking to view, wonderfully edited, a breeze to sit through and will put a smile on the faces of everyone...except those huge, gross elephant seals.
This is a very enjoyable family film that doesn't need subtle, subversive adult humor to make the adults have just as much fun as the kids. The pace is perfect, the message is strong and the fun never stops. This is a surefire winner, another home run for Laika.
There is a message about the power of belief when things get dark (literally), but it doesn't ring nearly as true as it would with a smarter, sharper script.
Wrestling and filmmaking have an essential ingredient in their core that mirror each other: the need to convince an audience that something they know is scripted is real.
This is a fantastic film about family, friends, sacrifice, and finding yourself as well as your place in the world.
This is a powerful showcase for Roberts and Hedges, and they are up to the challenge.
Kurt Russell digs in and chews scenery like Santa at a pancake buffet, and the results are a joy to watch.
The visual aspects of the film manage to function as its best friend and also its worst enemy, at times.
Dano has produced something similar to many of his roles with this quiet powerhouse, always seemingly threatening to turn its quiet menace into explosive rage.
Being a friend means really putting yourself out there for someone, and sometimes it means letting them go when they want to strike out on their own.
First time writer-director Elizabeth Chomko has made a beautiful, stunning, fierce piece of art that immediately put her on my list of filmmakers to keep an eye on.
Art reflects life, and with stories like the one at the center of this film in the news so frequently, major releases like this can spark some much-needed introspection and conversation.