Some good happens there, certainly, but the film is smart enough to know that these are all personal journeys, and there isn't a single piece of treatment or advice that fits everyone.
The understanding that the pets have of the world and their relationship to their owners is its own thing, and the film gets a lot of laughs out of just having these animals express that understanding.
The film paints a fascinating portrait of a man clearly taking advantage of his benefactor, and yet also undeniably devoted to her.
The setting is really great, and the film takes every opportunity to really exploit the wonderful wilderness at their disposal.
The direction tries very hard to make its scenes look kinetic, but it mostly makes the film look disjointed.
It isn’t really smart enough to make the points it wants to make, the characters written so broadly that it becomes difficult to recognize them as human.
The story of the Indianapolis is kind of fascinating, but the movie isn't content with just telling this tale of courage and survival.
It becomes too much about the relationship between the two main characters, the film investing a lot in their inevitable rift.
The plot is pretty aimless, the film never really resolving any of the issues it brings up in the first act.
We are meant to be charmed by this family and their unique ways, but we are also meant to acknowledge that it may not be sustainable.