I’m almost embarrassed by how completely this worked on me. It’s entirely too ambitious and overstuffed and yet it pretty much all works. As with MOONSTRUCK, Shanley’s romanticism is without guile, a headlong leap of faith.
Granik and co's greatest asset is confidence, confidence that the simplicity of the surface and the directness of their approach will get the job done. They do and then some. This checks a lot of boxes for me and I left feeling emotionally wrung out.
More likely this ranks somewhere between a 4 and a 4.5, but it's certainly one of 2018's best.