The insane choreography and creative cinematography overcome the film’s tiresome narrative and some questionable acting. A lot of the dance sequences were pretty freaking epic, especially that final set piece. I really think this could find great success if it were reworked as a stage musical!
This movie’s a solid 3.5 but the brilliant young cast easily elevate it to a 4. The depth and honesty from both Rowan Blanchard and Auliʻi Cravalho’s performances was a total surprise; I am so impressed! Cannot rave highly enough about each of them! The story itself was standard high school fare through a queer lens but there were a few little surprises that I quite enjoyed.
It's sad to admit, but suspecting Colin Farrell was in a predatory sexual relationship with Ezra Miller was the highlight of this film for me.
The cast are lovely but their characters are decidedly mundane. Across the two hour run-time it's unbelievable how little they do and how little happens to them. The story is incredibly weak and the hollow execution makes me cringe at the thought of four more of these.
By the end I don't know what left me more agitated; some of the seriously shoddy CGI or the brittle Johnny Depp cameo. No thanks!