Just saw this tonight and John, my reaction was the same as yours: I was expecting some sort of mystery surrounding the crash, as the ads make it seem like it was sabotage or something. Regardless, Denzel is awesome as always. That is all.
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I saw it the other day. I knew it was Miyazaki, but I knew nothing about it going in. Really, really cute and charming - and I agree, it was more fun to watch the weird sea creatures and odd background details than the actual plot.