The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Henry Fonda stars, as brilliant as ever.
James Cagney is simply great as the captain of the ship.
The acting is the only reason to watch it.
A strikingly superior entertainment.
Still an expert mix of sentiment, comedy, patriotism and anarchy.
This stodgy film version of the famous Broadway success was one performance too many.
WWII dramedy is a true American classic.
Based on the stage hit, Fonda's most popular war movie casts him as the action-driven first officer of the Reluctant, a cargo ship miles away from the battle zone whose route is described by him as "from tedium to apathy" and back again.
Mister Roberts is a movie dedicated to anyone with a boring dead end job who wants to be a hero and has to decide whether to live honorably anyway.
The success of the uninspired movie is a testament to star performances from the talented cast rather than to the film's directors.
The setting is a supply ship in the war torn Pacific, but there's little action and the piece soon wears out what little welcome it might have had.
Moving, funny film version of the play.
Years before Robert Altman's MASH would try to delineate the gray area between blind patriotism and the right to challenge authority, this popular work took a swim in those same waters. Fonda is his ever-loving liberal best as the voice of reason aboard a Navy cargo ship far out of harm's way while Cagney embodies the totalitarianism of obedience w/o thought. Sparks are gonna fly. Lemmon won a Best Supporting Oscar for his efforts.
Mister Roberts is yet another testament to the legend and greatness of Henry Fonda. John Ford's (half) direction (Mervyn LeRoy took over after Ford went batshit drunk) offered some of the greatest shots this side of Monument Valley. James Cagney also turns in a great performance if you can handle him playing a total asshole and his scenes with Fonda are great also. A young Jack Lemmon also does a great job as does William Powell in his final screen role. Mister Roberts is also full of great characters even if the story doesn't really go anywhere unexpected or far. The scene where Lemmon read that last letter pissed me off in ways any human language can never hope to describe but that final scene kind of turned it around.
Good Old Fashion Fun
Enjoyable if lightweight naval comedy set on a cargo ship during WWII. The presence of Henry Fonda and James Cagney adds dramatic credibility and Jack Lemmon supplies the comic relief, but it's a little inconsequential.
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