It’s been described as a modern day “Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn” adventure fable story. It’s an apt description and is one of the reasons the movie is enjoyable to watch.
The odd nature of the plot and the characters do give the movie a charming and quaint quality to it.
There are some specific scenes where the cinematography looks absolutely amazing.
As the movie moved along, I was more and more entertained with where the quirky story was taking me. Definitely an unusual premise, but it works.
Kudos to Shia LeBeouf for seemingly putting a lot of intensity into his character Tyler, who is a complicated character to say the least.
Fantastic performance by Zack Gottsagen as Zak, who is an odd character that you’re going to want to root for throughout the movie.
The chemistry between Tyler and Zak is excellent and will capture your attention. They are the heart of this film, and the main reason this movie works.
Plot conveniences. This isn’t a harsh critic and there are reasons they are justified, but they are plot conveniences nonetheless.
Pacing issues. Sometimes the story takes too long to move along, and sometimes the story moves too fast.
Cliches. Despite the movie feeling a little unique in its own right, it's not without its predictable plot tropes.
I don’t think the movie truly knew how to handle the Dakota Johnson’s character of Eleanor, despite the solid effort she puts in the role. She felt underwritten and seems to be more of a convenient plot device than an actual character.
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