I recently saw The Sea Beast on Netflix which might be my contender for "pretty good movie that I so badly wish was transcendent" award this year. The cinematography here is AMAZING, and I love how completely earnest it is - no meta self-deprecation in sight, just a strong straightforward adventure. Theres damn near Master And Commander vibes in the initial swashbuckling escapades and I don't say that lightly. The characters are also pretty interesting and richly drawn...that is, the adult/human characters. Sadly, even though she's plucky and likeable I didn't think the lead child character fully worked - she lacks any introspection or clear arc, and very much becomes a mouthpiece for the movies themes, talking in that profoundly wise way that kids only talk in movies when they need to teach adults a lesson. And while I totally admire the themes the story ties to tackle, it feels a tad overambitious for the movies length - like it needed an additional 25% runtime, or a complete reprioritization of the plot, to sell what it ultimately wants to sell.
Still its pretty good, and the first hour is GREAT.