The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The performances by Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier are virtually flawless.
Kramer was never much of a director, but there's still power in some of the performances, especially Poitier's.
The suspense of the manhunt in the swamps never really overcomes the dead weight of Kramer's 'message', but pleasures are to be found in the supporting roles of McGraw and Chaney.
It is nervous and suspenseful from the start.
Curtis is good but it's Poitier whose characterisation of barely concealed rage propels events forward.
The film is predictable, even unoriginal; it says nothing new, but it reasserts things that cannot be said too often, and says them with force, gravity and even humour. It leaves a good taste behind.
With enough thrilling action to keep it enjoyable today, this is an important film that provided Poitier with a breakthrough role and helped Curtis to escape the simplistic hero mode in which his talents had too often been wasted.
Mr. Kramer's heart interferes with the action at several points, and though these lucky accidents are traditional in a chase picture, they do cloud the allegory.
This is one of underrated producer/director Stanley Kramer's finest humanitarian movies.
Boasting strong performances from Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis, this interracial drama of two escaped convicts is Stanley Kramer's most satisfying film, deservedly nominated for and winning Oscars.
Tony Curtis' acting is borderline awful. His famous Bronx accent bleeds through his faux Southern one like a bloody shirt, and he continually grits his teeth in a failed attempt to show the character's self-loathing.
It becomes shackled with its heavy-handed liberal message.
A morality tale w/o a lot a finesse, this late 50's era story literally chains together two opposing views and lets them play out against each other while on the run from "The Man". The saving grace is the performance of the leads who lend some small humanity and believability to the rote and didactic "educational" format, which often lacks even continuity. Still, a historical American experience on film.
Everyone should have a life-changing event like this. Consider a pre-civil rights era when blacks and whites were supposed to hate each other. This pair are shackled to each other for days and have no choice but to depend on each other for either one of you to survive. It is worth seeing.
Amazing black and white cinematography.
Whilst I cringe my way through the prejudice of history, beneath their lies a film of opportunity and comradery.
I couldn't help being reminded through the film of later films that perhapsmay have been influenced by this film; The Fugitive and O'Brother where art thou?
A worthy classic.
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