This family-friendly animated comedy checks all of the boxes for what people expect from a "satisfying movie" but it suffers from an uneven story structure that seemingly includes three different climaxes that make the movie feel a lot longer than it actually is.
It also doesn't help that listening to Jim Parson's voice is like nails on a chalkboard for me soooooo.....this was a slightly tough watch.
The sumptuous vistas of the French Riviera and Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in their prime make this more than worth the time it takes to watch it, but the film as a whole lacks the sharpness that makes Hitchcock's best films the masterpieces that they are and seems to sag a bit in the places where it should be suspenseful to the core.
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…
If someone had told me ten years ago that Ben Affleck was about to direct three standout films in a row with the third film destined for numerous Oscar nominations, I would have slapped said person hard and unleashed a barrage of expletives at him/her with a thick (and horribly fake) Boston accent. At the time no one would have thought me out of line, but sure enough, Affleck has proven me wrong in a very big way.