if there's any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something
this is a weird one for me! the visual storytelling is so compelling, with so many gorgeous set pieces. but then the actual script’s storytelling is so painfully vanilla and vague—everything feels like a first thought, the most obvious plot turn. as good as Washington’s acting is, his character’s whole motivation is “where is my wifeeee”—we don’t know anything else about him! and even when he’s bonding with Alphie, it feels like we miss some key, smaller scenes of character…
I grew up loving a lot of Don Bluth films (much to my boyfriend’s amusement now lol), but I never saw this one. I don’t know if I would have liked it growing up, but as an adult, it didn’t do anything for me. too many characters, weird and tonally off side action sequences, and ultimately it just felt like it was missing a through line (other than sick Timmy).