If there is something positive about the technical grandiosity of Hollywood,
it is the chance that it affords the daring directors to recreate their childhood
fantasies in all their grandeur. True, at first sight these fantasies may appear
amusing, and even childish, but they do manage to retain the charm that touched
us at that tender age. And what is cinema without a touch of the implausible?
But some of these works really do end up appearing fatuous, though not when
a Spielberg or Cameron is on the job. They bring all the unalloyed vision of
a kid to life. ....