Higher expectations even if it did skew more kiddie. I can watch Goosebumps just fine, but that difference is made up through better writing (comedic/dramatic). Steinfeld was playing a been-there done-that rebellous lead with her mean girl bully, a quirky boy friend, a "I'm telling mom", "I miss dad who isn't here anymore yet we bonded over a hobby I gave up", etc. It's not heart I haven't seen elsewhere, only better executed because it works in a uniquely memorable fashion. Cena is wasted. The action doesn't last long & is sparce overall. The stuff on Cybertron is over with so fast with so little dialogue, it may as well have been a history brief narrated by someone. Travis Knight directed the heck out of Kubo, so I'm surprised how run of the mill the shots and sequences here were...though again that might just go back to the writing. I'm really dreading Hodson's next project.