I'm going to say something controversial. I did not like this movie. We're just two for two here on Demise of Film, aren't we?
What? Demise of Film didn't like a movie? Color me surprised. Yeah, I know what you guys say about me. "That RJ guy doesn't like any movie. He just shits all over every movie." That's not true. I just covered 31 movies that I do like and encourage you guys to check out. Some of them are even stupid!
Stop-motion movies are my Marvel movies. When I hear a stop-motion movie is coming out, I turn into a Redditor who rolls down to their local multi-plex when Doctor Strange 187 has been announced. This one was even by Henry Selick, whom I absolutely adore.
A few months ago, I talked about how movies don't need to answer every question. I agree with this. I don't think movies do need to answer every question. Why can Luke move shit with his mind in Star Wars? It's the Force. What is the Force? Who knows?
However, it at least helps to explain what something is and Wendell and Wild does not do this. Kat is a Hell Maiden. What's a Hell Maiden? I don't know. What kind of powers does a Hell Maiden have? Something to do with two demons.
Wendell and Wild is not like Prisoners of the Ghostland where I got bored and started checking my phone. I was more confused about...well, everything. I understood that Wendell and Wild wanted to build their own theme park. I understood that Kat was an outsider and didn't want people getting close to her.
Everything else just sort of happened. Donald Trump and his evil wife want to replace the town with their evil prison. Why do they have to build their evil prison in this location? I don't know. They decide to have two demons (Wendell and Wild) revive the dead to vote their plan into action.
At one point, Kat's hand is possessed and turns green. Why is it green? Why is it possessed? These are questions never answered. There is a mentor character, but she just fucks off and doesn't really do anything except have Kat face her inner demons. Is this why her hand was possessed?
What's the point of Marlon Brando?
This movie seriously makes me feel like Jeremy Scott and I hate feeling like Jeremy Scott. I want to enjoy the movie for the duration of the runtime, but I keep asking questions. Why did the mentor character just fuck off and not give Kat ANY information whatsoever? So the movie can happen.
My daughter and I watched this together and she kept asking the same questions I was asking. We both felt this movie had a lot of potential, but as my daughter said "they seemed more interested in pushing a political agenda."