Sam Mitchell’s review published on Letterboxd:
My dear Wes Anderson...
There was something that just didn't quite hit the mark for me.
The camerawork and the shot composition was wonderful (as always). It's always a treat to see Anderson's style and it was a change to have the viewing pleasure in not only a children's story, but a stop-motion feature as well.
The story is wonderful and creative to fit the style of the original story book with a few surprise celebrity cameos (which, is totally expected in any of his work).
But there was something that didn't sit right with me about this film. I'm thinking it was the animation style and how the story didn't really submerge you into that "Stop-Motion" realm like Coraline did or even The Box Trolls (still might be a stretch, but I digress). If you add the comic relief that Anderson decided to put into this film, it just didn't mend well together.
I wasn't entirely wowed by this film, but I think I might've watched this with the wrong expectation. Especially because of how awestruck I was with Grand Budapest. With that being said, that might warrant a rewatch.
Overall, I enjoyed it, but subpar compared to what I've seen before. Give it a shot.