The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Excruciating ... an unwieldy hybrid of high school dance competition movie and shameless flag-waver.
First-time director Daniel Duran, working from a screenplay by Oscar Torres that abounds in the maudlin and risible, isn't able to lift the ham-handed material to a place where it might ring true.
There is nothing brave about "Bravetown," a film so paint-by-the-numbers bland that its efforts to piggyback the sacrifice of American servicemen and women for emotional depth is downright craven.
I would call the movie a trainwreck, except it's really four or five separate trainwrecks.
This isn't "Bravetown." It's Crazytown.
Satisfies mainly due to its affecting ensemble and considerable emotional intelligence.
It has heartwarming moments and interesting back-and-forth between characters, while keeping its story simple, if a little on the sappy side in the end. Not a bad start to Duran's directing career.
The film turns so overtly melodramatic during its third act that it volleys between a Nicholas Sparks film and Tropic Thunder.
While it hints at something deeper, this slick coming-of-age drama about redemption and reconciliation instead chooses a more formulaic path to catharsis.
Heartfelt but uneven, edgy tale of city teen in small town.
A weird combination of saccharine drama with "Footloose," deadly earnest but utterly incredible, the good intentions overwhelmed by silly theatrics.
If only salutary intentions and one good performance could save a film so fundamentally wrongly conceived.
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