For whatever reason, it still lacks a certain emotional tug for me (and therefore doesn't rank high on my Pixar list), but it's so well constructed, wonderfully cast, and does a sneaky job of introducing nearly every possible Pacific Ocean resident over the course of two hours, meaning it doubles as a teaching tool for everyone who watches.
It's stuffed with maybe one too many ideas, as if first-time director Boots Riley thought he might never get to make another movie. If there's any justice, though, he will, because despite A LOT going on in this movie, so much of it is thrillingly fresh, unique and meaningful. I have been obsessed with the cast of Short Term 12 since I saw it, and LaKeith Stanfield continues to impress.
At the SIFF screening I saw, rapper/activist-turned-filmmaker Riley was there…