The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Watching others get stupid and crazy can have amusement value, but "Belgica," which is set mostly inside a bar of that name, is neither comic nor tragic. It's not a party of a movie, just a hangover.
Instead of a morality tale about excess and its certain fatal consequences, things look a lot more like real life.
Thanks to a group of dedicated free spirits who rally around building the brothers' utopia, Belgica rises quickly and the energy is infectious.
Taking a straightforward approach isn't necessarily a negative, but the sedate camerawork and editing make the movie's progression staid.
Groeningen completely sells us the world of the bar, his immersive tracking and handheld camera leading us into the melee where coke and hedonism are served straight up and the music pounds to be let into your bloodstream.
Belgica rarely reaches the point where the central relationship can maintain the same degree of interest.
The story, the themes, and any deeper ideas feel like the movie's hangover, a sickening afterthought that relies on shocking imagery and crude violence to rouse the audience out of the uneveness.
Not nearly as dramatic or intimately compelling as Broken Circle Breakdown, but van Groeningen once again displays a sure hand at weaving powerful displays of music and film.
"Belgica" may well seem bewitching, at least for a spell, but even then the glitter will fade well before the end.
Good coke & clubbing epic from Belgium. Entertaining and energetic.
[Sundance 2016] "Belgica" has a restless, pulsating rhythm all its own, treating expertly cut musical montages as a vital storytelling technique in between its quieter moments of fallible human interaction.
Belgica perfectly captures a particular time and place, but it fails to make us want to stay there for very long. All it really does it make you want to buy the soundtrack.
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