First half is pretty meh. There's a compelling & personal story here that's obscured by congratulatory bullshit. Would have appreciated less name dropping and more depth. Thankfully there's some diamonds in the rough here; Tom Lennon's performance is 100% on point. The last half hour that deals with Doug's disappointment with Caddyshack, his spiral into addiction & depression, the ENDING, it's good stuff. It sticks the landing. I just wish it had hooked me much earlier on. At a very brisk 98 minutes, they might have bitten off more than they could chew here. Still, it's a fairly creative biopic & absolutely worth a shot.
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I wanna see it a second time before I reach my verdict but here are some ramblings for now:
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it makes Over the Hedge look like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
there is no narrative thrust, no personality, no visual pizazz. the only joy I found in this movie was when the two main dogs sneak into a sausage factory and gorge themselves until they enter hallucinatory bliss. it's a silly sequence that does nothing to advance the plot, but that's exactly what Pets needed more of. these characters mostly just tumble from point A to B to…
I know it's not exactly a secret that Lilo & Stitch is good, but let me tell YOU, buster: motherfuckin' LILO and STITCH is REALLY good!
Just look at Pleakley: he is a noodle alien with one eye, two tongues, and three slug-like appendages for legs. This character is magnificent to behold. All these characters are. The backgrounds! Such soft, lush paintings! No other Disney movie looks like this. Even the CG bits are blended quite well into the drawings. The…