The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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At times Schimberg's gambits feel too coy, their aim too dry despite the sensational hooks. But more often than not, the immediate impact is engagingly droll, and there's no questioning the overall adventurousness, confidence and originality.
The script's showbiz satire shows occasional flashes of savage brilliance, and the meta aspects are thoughtfully composed, if occasionally self-indulgent.
Chained for Life expands on the idea of difference as a humanizing catalyst, and cinema is its playground.
Schimberg creates a melodrama that reflects on the terms of melodrama while also pointing toward a grass-roots cinematic revolution-movies made by people about their own experiences.
Chained for Life is a fine film about how disability is misappropriated.
Is this a black comedy? A romance? Political commentary? Psychological thriller? A rumination about life on a film set? Perhaps it's all of these.
The finest, funniest, and most cryptically thoughtful film on the subject (of ableism) that I've seen in this or any year.
The most distinct films of the year.
Although a little shapeless, with the narrative lagging at times, thereby softening its impact, Chained for Life is a fine sophomore feature.
There are some bold, provocative ideas at play here - they're just in need of a film with far more urgency around them.
This vicious satire of Hollywood disability representation forces you to differentiate empathy and pity.
It's the beauty of the ideas that resonate most, resulting in a most satisfying conclusion.
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