Originally Posted by poorsod
I understood this as progression from grief and loss to acceptance. Part of the process of growing up - including scenes such as the zombie hickey, which was really cute. It seems Spielberg knows how to get the most out of his child actors.
A friend said he thought the JJ Abrams pitch to Spielberg was "I want to make a movie like the Spielberg ones I grew up with. "
Well, I think we are seeing the same things as far as I can tell. I just don't see conflict and the subsequent development. I saw no deliberation, at least not in anything other than a really quick and superficial way. Maybe I'm missing something and will have to give it another watch.