Once upon a Tom in Hollywood’s review published on Letterboxd:
Promise me something... that we'll remain a secret forever.
Not gonna lie, I was pretty sure the relationship between Marnie and Anna was going in a completely different direction there for awhile. The direction it did end up going was emotional and sweet, but the real meat of the story was just jammed into the final 10 minutes with expository dialogue and a few brief flashbacks. I think I'd have liked this a lot more if the film weren't so laser-focused on having a big reveal to end the movie. I would have liked to spend more time with the characters knowing the full story and living in that reality for awhile, rather than the abrupt ending we're given.
Even so, the melodrama is pretty engaging, the English voice performances (Kieran Shipka and Hailee Steinfeld) were good, and the animation was beautiful. Definitely worth a watch. Recommended.
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