The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Taylor and Charisse have never been better, and rarely has Ray's theme of two flawed individuals trying to strike a symmetrical balance achieved a more beautiful and convulsive expression.
Unfortunately, the picture's plot (good girl helps bad guy go straight) fits the mood like a concrete overshoe, and the more than generous serving of cheesecake is pretty soggy stuff.
As in all Ray's films, ideas and emotions are transformed into stunning visuals.
There is little that is novel or exciting about this Party Girl, despite her trappings or the occasional gunplay that surrounds her.
The CinemaScope and Metrocolor production gives the film a regal feeling that is at odds with the edgy, dangerous setting.
MGM exploitation flick starring Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse near close of their careers.
A hard-hitting crime drama.
It's a honey of a film, never mind the superficial flaws.
The two leads are great at displaying vulnerability around each other, but it's Cobb's role as the gangster boss that steals the acting honours.
An interesting blend of MGM musical and film noir. Film is another one of Hollywood's "could have been great, if only ..." and in this case it's too bad the studio didn't give filmmaker Nicholas Ray complete control of this unique film. Nonetheless this is worthy of your eyes if only to see Cyd Charisse and her stunning wardrobe.
Party Girl is a negligible mess whose biggest obstacle is itself and its inability to figure out what it wants to be. At points its a mob movie, nothing as great as Warner Bros was putting out in the 30s but a mob film nonetheless. Then it meanders into Douglas Sirk melodrama territory where it also fails. Oh, and there are also a couple of dance numbers where Cyd Charisse proves she can dance better than she can act. Robert Taylor does an okay enough job and Lee J Cobb... well, plays Lee J Cobb as a bad guy. The best part of Party Girl outside of its completely inappropriate title is Nicholas Ray's direction and the photography. Namely during those previously mentioned dance numbers. Aside from those things I was waiting for it to end after the first 45 minutes.
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