Slumberland Review: Stunning Visual Effects Lift Labored Narrative

A grieving girl traverses fantastical dreams and nightmares with a mischievous "outlaw" in search of magic pearls. Slumberland gets style points for creativity and eye-popping visual effects, but runs way too long with a melodramatic narrative. Blockbuster director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, The Hunger Games franchise) doesn't disappoint with scope and grandeur. The film looks amazing. The problem is that its overambitious. Slumberland pours on excess in moments that required subtlety. The bells and whistles cloud substance while thematically wavering. The swings between joy and sadness needed a measured approach. A shorter edit would have been just as entertaining and more impactful.

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