This is the kind of animated movie that any movie studio, aside from Pixar, would regard as their crowning achievement. Pixar’s bar is so high that although this is a fun, endlessly creative, and emotional journey, it never manages to excel to the heights of the studio’s best works.
There’s a predictable balance here of self-promotion and fan service, but the family dynamics and back story add interest and complexity to what could have been a more standard promotional band documentary.
There are so many war movies and anthologies that it can be hard to see how any new entries can break new ground or showcase anything truly unique. This film manages to do that by focusing on a simple story and only a few characters, as well as via mind-boggling effects wizardry that makes the whole picture feel intimate and seamless. This is a heavy, emotional film, but also a significant one.
Truly one of the most bizarre cinematic experiences of the last decade, if not longer. No part of this seems thought out or reasonable, from the frightening, uncanny-valley effects to the truly incomprehensible story.