There are definitely things to appreciate here, but they are far outweighed by the negatives. The cinematography offers some really cool shots and the tent pole scenes are packed with the raw, animalistic energy that the book captures so well. Much more important though is how hard it is to look past the terrible acting from the entire cast. The chemistry was there between the kids, but they just have zero acting ability. Even the rhythm of the conversations is stilted and unnatural; most of the time there is like a couple of seconds delay before the kid remembers that it's their turn to say their line. 100% the issue is the casting, which seems to have been "Congratulations on coming to your audition. You're hired!". Even the best baker can't make a wedding cake out of clam juice and magnets.