The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Although the results could never be accused of being uneventful, the characters cry out for deeper, more complex dimensions than simply the wide-eyed dreamer and the rhetoric-spewing agitator on display here.
Bichevin is the anchor for all of the director's flights of invention. When his Chagall says that life can be wondrous no matter how dire things get, you believe him.
It's a literally colorful and playful attempt to portray battlefields of artistic ambition and political struggle. But its dialogue and characters are also written as subtly as a radical manifesto.
An ambitious jumble of competing story lines that never gels into a cohesive portrait.
To call results over-the-top is less a criticism than a statement of intent. While it may be old-fashioned and silly in many respects, Mitta's film is not dull, and its heedless embrace of cliche has a retro charm.
Mitta struggles to marry the film's melodramatic storytelling with its appreciation for dark and dreary history.
A contrived, clunky biopic that often drags and fails to pack any emotional punches.
There is some schmaltz but not much Old Country here. And the value of art at such times when "life isn't worth anything" gets lost in the shuffle.
Chagall-Malevich stops short of the kind of inventiveness that would have made the film a true standout of its kind.
When the appeal of the film's whimsy wears off, the fogginess of its historical perspectives comes to the fore.
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