I knew this would be bad but I thought it might be fun bad. I was wrong.
Maybe it's how seriously it takes itself; maybe it's the utter lack of chemistry between Smith and Winstead; honestly it's probably the unsettling outcome of all the tech that went into the uncanny valley de-aging. Whatever it is, this movie was a slog to get through, and the fact that it's free on amazon still doesn't justify the 2 hours I lost watching it.
Once in a while, especially when I'm hanging out with little kids, I'll fuck around and watch a kids' movie and thoroughly enjoy myself, but this ain't it.
While there's some cool ideas about grief, lovely depictions of Chinese culture and eye-catching animation, the plot is thin and execution frenetic. I could barely follow the story, much less the 6 year old I was watching with. Also the songs are absolute dogshit. All in all, this Netflix original is clearly a cash grab, poorly trying to emulate more successful Disney and Pixar joints.
Save yourself the trouble and just watch Moana again.