I have to admit I think I loved the movie because I went in with really low expectations of Jack and I found myself attached to him within a few minutes. I really liked his story. In fact that might be the problem. There’s at least 5 different plots.
There were a few scenes with Jack that had a bit of emotional resonance - when he first discovers people don’t see him, and when he’s yelling at the moon and the moon won’t answer him. But they weren’t supported by the rest of the movie (I found personally) so I couldn’t build on it.
And as badly as I wanted to resonate with the other characters I couldn’t. In fact I felt the most emotional engagement when Pitch realizes the kids don’t see him anymore, and then shortly thereafter when his own nightmares turn on him. The Bunny annoyed me, he was too hostile for no reason and gave it up for apparently nothing, and then went right back into it again, and it gave me whiplash and I couldn’t adjust quickly enough. And Jack was okay, but not well supported by the plot. And the others were basically exactly what you would expect and nothing more. No depth to the characters.
The number of plot threads they’ve got in there are definitely problematic, and they weren’t pulled together cohesively so I feel kind of confused? Like I don’t really understand why anyone did anything, especially Pitch, or why things happened when they happened. Every time I thought I had a grasp on what was happening, they would do something that belied it.
I know I sound like I hated the movie, but I didn’t. I just…didn’t care? It sounds so harsh. :\
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