By the way, as an aside, I scoured the credits for an acknowledgment that the American Humane Society was involved and helped oversee the treatment of animals, to assure that no animals were harmed in making the film. I saw no such credit, which makes me think that the animals were not treated humanely.
And as another observation, a much better film to see... "Bless the Beasts and the Children."
Well, add me to the growing list of people who are baffled by the hype. I just got home from the 11:30am showing of this mess of a movie, and I agree with the reviewer. For the record, I don't know the filmmaker, and have nothing "personal" against him. I am not a film snob, as I go to action, sci-fi, arthouse, indie and comedy films, to name a few genres. This was 100 pages of the same scene over and over. In good storytelling, first of all, there's a story. Even with fairytales and allegories, story and character development must exist. The shaky camera was indeed distracting, as was the low-res grainy texture to some scenes and not others. If you're going to have a distinctive visual element, be consistent. This movie was all over the place, as if it didn't know what it wanted to be. The young girl's "performance" was 98% voiceover. There's nothing worse than something that is art for art's sake, and I believe that this is another case of the Emperor's Clothes. I saw previews that had more storytelling than this entire movie.
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