I’m a bit of a sucker for overly sweet, sentimental movies, so I enjoyed it. I think most of it works well, it makes familiar themes feel fresh and sincere rather than canned and manipulative, but it was still all very familiar.
So it was very close to what I expected in the end, which means I think the hype is mysterious. But I am probably misunderstanding why people like the movie so much.
The audience clapped after the credits! Amazing! I wonder where this clapping thing started, because, it was very, very clear that people only clapped because they had heard that other people had clapped. A trickle of clapping lasting 5 seconds is not a spontaneous eruption of approval.