The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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A more honest script might've supported Reda Kateb's laid-back, medium-effective portrayal of Reinhardt more fully. As is, he's depicted as an artist man floating through his awful times, living for the music.
"Django" will leave fans of the legend merely eager to return to their beloved recordings and let their ears take in the greatness.
The film's story - loosely adapted from Alexis Salatko's novel Folles de Django - manages to feel at once oversimplified, underfed and overburdened.
Django is for the most part everything Reinhardt's music was not: listless, glum and meandering.
Django expresses, via the language of film genre, not what Reinhardt's life was but what it might have felt like.
The finale enlivens an otherwise staid biopic, but whether the film has earned a moment of uplift is unclear.
beautiful and atmospheric
When music's charms cannot soothe the savage breast
The low-key, languorous pace suits the subject matter if viewers can settle in to a fictionalized story, but one that reminds us of the Romani massacres.
It sounds as fresh today as it did in the 1930s.
Great musician; dull, hollow film.
Argues that some Romani music has African foundations.
Following a moment in Django Reinhardt's life during World War II, this engaging drama offers us a nuanced portrait of a brilliant musician who gets caught in a very tense situation and begins to slowly realize that he must flee from the dangerous grip of a menacing regime.
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