The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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An archetypal story made compelling by honest performances but undone by its docu-fiction style.... Bedford shirked the responsibility of building out authenticity within the film's narrative world.
Writer-director Hank Bedford's Mississippi-set romantic drama would have benefited from judicious tightening and a rethink of its uninspired, decidedly downbeat crime element.
...it feels thin. The film is long on atmosphere, short on details.
Chris Zylka and Riley Keough ignite a convincing spark as lovers who dream of wider horizons. Even so, their fateful course unwinds less than persuasively, the vivid sense of place not enough to bring the one-last-heist setup fully to life.
Bedford intercuts the narrative by interviewing actual residents of the town where he shot the film; all of their stories touch on death more movingly than the fictional script does.
Striding right up to the unkempt front lawn of white-trashploitation (and occasionally trespassing), Hank Bedford's indie feature debut marshals a pungent Mississippi stink at the expense of a deeper dimension.
...an often excessively familiar setup that's employ to progressively underwhelming effect...
... tries to make the material gritty and evocative within its impoverished setting, but the execution is woefully amateurish and heavy-handed.
Low on ideas and high on atmosphere, "Dixieland" is a promising debut, but it likely won't find you overwhelmingly writing back home about it.
A scintillating lead performance, a good deal of heart and a fragrant sense of place just about compensate for some slack storytelling and a forcibly elegiac tone ...
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