The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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We're still appreciative, but we found too many chestnuts in the dressing.
This 1939 release is still watchable, though the spirit is now sitcom.
The atmosphere and sets, along with stellar performances by the principals, can't offset a weak story.
One of string of above average Wiliam Powell-Myrna Loy crime-comedies...and a joy.
Fans of the series will enjoy seeing their favorite couple continue to lightly spar and make those cross-cultural jabs, but the end result is decidedly tepid.
The solution seems more convoluted than necessary, and as usual the murderer breaks down and confesses in the end. Still, it's good to see Powell and Loy in action.
Lots of familiar faces are brought in to liven things up. But it's all rather diluted, as though the ice has melted in the dry martini.
Third entry in the series is nearly up to the second.
The third installment in the series, and made after William Powell's bought with cancer and loss of Jean Harlow, 'Another Thin Man' doesn't miss a beat. Much is made of Powell and Myrna Loy's on-screen chemistry, and it's deserved. While figuring out whodunit, Powell is cool, calm, and bemused, and Loy is spunky and brave. They both have such a natural playfulness about them, and in addition to comic relief from their dog Asta, they have a one year old baby in this movie. I also absolutely loved the dancing we see in the 'West Indies Club' towards the end, by the (uncredited) René Rivero Guillen and Ramona Ajon (stage names René & Estela) - look for the clip on youtube, and you'll see what I mean, it's silky smooth and fantastic.
Although the Thin Man movies get more predictable as the series goes on, the third movie is still a good movie, it's very funny.
The third in the Thin Man series also comes up third in quality. Nick and Nora go out to Long Island to visit the manager of Nora's father's finances, because he's worried about a former employees threats. Former employee Phil Church (Sheldon Leonard) claims that if he dreams about a person 3 times, that person winds up dead. Sure enough, the old man winds up dead, and it's Church who is the prime suspect. Things only get more convoluted from here, as the detectives hunt down Church and his gang. If you've seen the previous two Thin Man movies, it's fairly easy to spot the murderer early on, as a formula seems to be developing. They also seem to be running out of gags to do with the dog, Asta. At one point, and for no apparent reason, the dog does a backwards flip while walking towards the stairs, in what appears to be cuteness for cuteness' sake. Speaking of cuteness for cuteness' sake, a baby has been added to Nick and Nora's life, although it plays a very minor role in the proceedings (just at the end). There's still some great dialogue here, though I find it odd when characters who appear to be good, are suddenly found out to be bad, and their manner of speaking changes from erudite to bowery in a matter of seconds. Very odd indeed, see. If youz mugs are in da mood fer a old-fashioned "who-done-it?", you'd best stick wit the foist two movies, see. But if youz arredy seen em, and ya needz yer fix o' flatfeets and gumheels, with hot petunias and dames wit heaters under their jalopies, i guess dis is bettah dan nuttin.
I was expecting this to really suck considering that sticking a kid into the mix of a series usually spells its doom. But fortunately Nickie jr. is treated more like an accessory than a character. The action gets brought back to New York and Shemp from the Three Stooges has a small part. It's a little shy of the second Thin Man but not by much. It shouldn't disappoint if you're on the fence..
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