For a film titled Wendell and Wild, the eponymous characters really take a back seat in this tale that's actually about a 13-year-old girl forced to face her past through the ever-moving shadows on her wall.
The stop-motion animation itself—especially at the very beginning—provides a wow factor that immediately sucks you in. However, as the film chugs along, it fades a bit into the background, leaving us with a sometimes predictable plot and an adorable goat (more on that later).
Despite that, Henry Selick's newest flick is still a solidly fun and spooky watch, though if you were expecting something a little deeper and more profound, you might need to fill that void elsewhere. But not everything has to be so profound, right? After all, what's wrong with just having a good time?