The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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For fans of The Room who wondered what else the duo might try - the answer is more of the same.
Like its cult predecessor, Best F(r)iends skirts the standard good/bad binary through which we usually judge art.
Best F(r)iends isn't as bad as The Room, and that's exactly its problem.
What could, and should, have been more The Room level madness is sadly just downright mad. Unless you're a real glutton for punishment, skip this and just re-watch The Room again.
It won't tear you apart with laughter or leave you wondering how it got made, but very few films can manage that.
Los Angles lore is referenced but never pursued, and director Justin MacGregor leans into the piecemeal ludicrousness with stylised sequences that embrace self-deprecating mockery.
To really enjoy this picture, one must require severe acclimatisation to the 'so bad it's good' style of filmmaking, the only discernible way to get the most out of Justin MacGregor's tame debut.
While it doesn't top the eccentricity of Wiseau's cult favorite, Best F(r)iends is written by a man who understands, probably more than anybody, the appeal behind The Room's creator.
Tone deaf at almost every turn, Best F(r)iends won't have the same legs as The Room but could offer a night of fun with some of your closest f(r)iends. It's terrible.
As for the film itself, director Justin MacGregor certainly plays into the absurdity of the script's strange premise and twisted plotting.
The cinematography is half-way decent, the performances that aren't Wiseau's are enjoyable in the traditional sense, and the film moves at a steady clip, with no issues in continuity or plot.
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