This feature-length 3D adaptation of Sfar's comicbook series shares many of the same virtues and problems of his solo, live-action helming debut, the biopic "Gainsbourg," in that it is often colorful, witty and inspired, but also too episodic, and lacks a strong ending.
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Despite its flaws, the film is at least a consistent vision, attesting through both its story and animation to the rabbi's right to be different while also striving for human solidarity.
Though we wander a bit, the trip is a delight, thanks to the witty company.
The film presents an often sharp commentary on dueling beliefs and idiocies that unfolds in lush pastel hues and distinctively retro drawings.
The movie is trying to do far too much and doesn't do anything well. "Ambitious" isn't the word here; "random" is more like it.
While the scenes don't always fit together thematically or tonally, each one is its own polished gem.