The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Less biting or offensive than Korine's earlier works, this frustratingly dull film still maintains the director's trademark odd beauty.
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Korine has found an evocative subject, but he remains entirely too cavalier in this attitude towards narrative coherence.
In contrast to the grimy and occasionally grotesque Gummo (1997) and Julien Donkey-Boy (1999), this drama has a more gentle, Felliniesque feel.
The film doesn't work, and indeed seems to have no clear idea of what its job is, and yet (sigh) there is the temptation to forgive its trespasses simply because it is utterly, if pointlessly, original.
A movie that goes to extraordinary lengths to say ordinary things.
Korine falls so thoroughly in love with many of his images, including his opening shot, that he stretches them out in hypnotic slow motion.
Like Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth, the film has overarching problems yet contains diamonds of clarity and inspiration that you won't find in any dozen movies. You'll have to mine for those diamonds, though.
Mister Lonely could have been a sparkling, carefree character piece. Instead, partially due to its flat and mainly joyless visual style, it deteriorates into a sour mess that feels a lot longer than its 112 minutes.
Besotted with its own playfulness, Mister Lonely gives off the distinct impression that it was a lot more fun to make than it is to watch.
Curdles into fanciful obscurantism
It's movies like this that the art house was made for.
The film, more ant farm than movie, seems like a lazy effort from a talent who has lost his edge.
Very quirky, strange, and somber (almost dream-like), with sporadic moments of greatness. Harmony Korine's "Mr. Lonely" is a gem and unlike anything else out there.
Sure, it lacks any sort of cohesion or common logic, but every now and then a film can throw these staples of cinema out the window and still deliver a worthwhile and enjoyable experience. This film does just that, and that's no easy feat.
Uh, it was all right. I didn't exactly understand it, and it's too super indie for me, without being cutesy.
I was very divided on this one. Some of it I loved and thought it was very beautifully framed. Other bits, like the "flying" nuns, I couldn't stand, and thought it was pointless to the film and ruined it. I liked what it had to say about identity and alienation, but I'm not sure it was entirely successful getting it across. Samantha Morton was great as "Marilyn", and the guy who plays "Michael Jackson" also great, but some of the other characters were such caricatures, (which I guess is a given in a film about impersonators, but still...), as to be unlikable and irritating.
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