The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It's impossible to watch this peculiarly unstirring account of the collapse of a bedraggled, bedrugged rock star... without getting many a giggle out of the abundant cliches and superfluous howlers.
Bette Midler's turn as the self-destructive yet sympathetic Rose is a tour de force, and there are nice contributions from Frederic Forrest and, in one powerhouse scene, Harry Dean Stanton.
Were it not a fictional feature film, The Rose might very well be considered one of the best concert documentaries of the 1970s.
The Rose isn't big but enormous.
The Rose wouldn't work without the full commitment of Midler, who always seems poised between a bawdy guffaw and thick mascara tears.
A very compelling performance by Midler bolsters this musical biopic
Simply riveting, Bette Midler gives a volcanic, Oscar-nominated performance in this loose adaptation of the tragic life of singer Janis Joplin.
Powerful story, brilliant central performance
For rock fans, this is pretty sacred stuff. It has its emotional moments.
Lenny by way of John Waters.
As one of the top rock stars around, Rose(Bette Midler) is starting to feel the strain which is not helped by her copious drinking. At least, she has stopped using drugs. So, she wants to take a year off after the upcoming hometown concert in Florida but her manager/promoter Rudge(Alan Bates) reminds her of all the money she will lose if she does. At least, she gets to meet one of idols, Billy Ray(Harry Dean Stanton), after a concert but the meeting goes so badly, she runs away and jumps in the first car, driven by Huston(Frederic Forrest).
Even as it is too long and a little ragged around the edges like its protagonist, "The Rose" has Bette Midler's fearless and astounding performance going for it which is enough to get it through the night. Plus, there are the entertaining musical numbers and a lovely late long shot of a lighted phone booth framed against the darkness. And the movie is surprisingly gay friendly with its night club full of drag queens(one of the highlights of the film), a kiss edited out of the film and perhaps the most chaste bath house in the history of New York City. I heard this was inspired by the life of Janis Joplin but I want to remain ignorant on that note, so I can judge this movie on its own merits. What I can say is it does not go the route of the cliched self-destructive rock star and instead focuses on Rose's insecurities which simultaneously drive and destroy her, with a manager who does not have her best interests at heart.
Not bad, but a little dated. I took a whole point off this for the awful singing (of which there is a lot). This movie could have happily been half an hour shorter and better for it.
The story itself is good, Bette Midler does a convincing portrayal of a rock star on the verge of self destruction. I picture her to be very much a Courtney Love style person, though obviously this movie predates her - I guess it could be based on any number of past rock stars.
Although this is another movie about a rock star, it's one of the best, it's more realistic and dramatic than others. Plus the songs are good too. I loved this movie, if you like rock movies you'll like it too.
This one has lost a little of it's allure down through the years but it's still a powerful performance from Bette Midler.
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