Depp’s perfunctory gestures and flailing pratfalls befit a film that brings the series’s theme-park roots full circle.
Lion’s faults of structure and pacing might limit its power, but in stretches it still roars.
The film leaves no doubt of the original’s influence, but to watch it is to sit dumbstruck at the cynicism of Hollywood bean counting.
The great expanse of time and episodic nature that partially defines the series format allows Campion to work at once ambitiously and confidently.
Edge enhancement visibly hugs objects and actors from time to time, but color saturation is gorgeous and the sometimes gloppy blacks, given the film’s origin as a comic book, always make sense.
The video is good but the audio is spectacular. Beware though: You may need a hearing aide when you’re through.
The film’s greatest strength is how Peter Jackson brings to life the haunting conflict between Gollum and Smeagol.