The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Arquette gives the kind of mighty physical performance usually delivered by men in existential action classics like "The Wages of Fear," but she suffuses it with something all her own-she's bulletproof yet vulnerable.
In attempting to make its politics palatable as entertainment, the film has grafted them onto a boatload of Hollywood implausibilities whose excesses cripple believability.
As an exercise in art, or even polemics, Beyond Rangoon is beyond redemption, but still works its occasional magic with extraordinary flair.
Yet one more film -- that defines Third World political unrest through its effect on a white liberal.
Boorman's metaphysical musings might work if he integrated them more fully into his film, instead of making them secondary to action sequences.
An odd movie, brilliant in places, but frustrating all the same.
John Boorman's Beyond Rangoon is a humane and technically accomplished drama set in the viciously repressive world of contemporary Burma.
Do artists, and those who style themselves as artists, have the right to lie to further their visions?
An exotic adventure story with a political conscience
A disappointing, improbable political melodrama from a good director
A strange misfire with conflicted intent.
A Very powerful film, with a slew of great performances
In "Beyond Rangoon," sisters Laura(Patricia Arquette) and Andy(Frances McDormand) travel to Burma in 1988 to help Laura get over the murder of her husband and son. Sleepless one night, Laura stumbles across a pro-democracy protest led by Aung San Suu Kyi(Adelle Lutz). It is there that she has her passport conveniently stolen and is forced to stay behind while Andy continues on to Thailand. While she waits to have a replacement passport made, Laura decides to do some sightseeing, enlisting U Aung Ko(U Aung Ko) to drive her.
If it is true that the road to mediocre films is built on good intentions, then "Beyond Rangoon" is a perfect example. Set at an important time in Burma's history and made at a time when not a lot of information was getting out due to the military junta's total control, then the movie serves a purpose to dramatize these events. However, by working in a highly contrived story that closely resembles an epic psychiatric session, it also manages to trivialize them at the same time. But the cinematography is very lovely. At any rate, it would not be until the documentary "Burma VJ" that we would get the clearest picture of what is going on inside Burma.
Good story and performances.
A beautiful movie!
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