The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Unpredictable and captivating.
Yakusho and Ms. Shimizu deliver unerring performances in a splendid film that harvests hope from a bleak landscape.
I was once again stuck watching a movie that's solely about repressed passion, perhaps the least cinematic thing you could ever try to film.
It sounds nuts, but one of the best movies in town is about the relationship of a man with his eel.
This simple, sinuous fable may not be among Imamura's greatest films ... but it could hardly have been made by anyone else.
Imamura composed The Eel with an artist's eye and takes his time, so don't expect a fast-paced American-style film.
This excellent drama, based on a novel, reveals the beginning of a relationship between two souls who are trying to move beyond the wounds of the past.
[An] odd, affecting little film.
Just when it seems like 'The Eel' is going to settle into a standard love-conquers-fear tale, the writers begin coloring in the characters, revealing their secrets and insecurities. The results are sometimes shocking and sometimes funny...
Yakusho gives a good performance in the lead role but the screenplay does not go beneath the surface of the characters.
Although it starts off like a sports car barreling down the highway in high gear, the director shifts into neutral right after the opening credits end and coasts until almost all momentum is lost.
An interesting film that works most effectively as an introspective study of how to deal with one's anger and love.
In the most perverse circumstances, a story of affection and redemption in The Eel. Reflective. Optimistic. Oddly charming.
Rage, remorse, regeneration, redemption, romance and a lot of frankly baffling whimsy.
I felt this movie was just all over the map and did not satisfy.
"An erotic spellbinder." ??????, um... no.
[font=Century Gothic]In "The Eel", Takuro Yamashita(Koji Yakusho) is an office worker who has been receiving anonymous letters about his wife's infidelity while he goes on nighttime fishing trips. In order to investigate these claims, he cuts one such trip short, and does indeed catch her having sex with another man. He snaps and brutally murders her. Then, he calmly bikes down to the police station and turns himself in. Eight years later, he is released from prison on parole with his pet eel. He relocates to a sleepy seaside village under the watchful eye of his parole officer and with some inheritance money, he opens a barber shop, hoping to keep out of trouble. But then, he stumbles across an attempted suicide...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"The Eel" is an offbeat movie that would at first seem to be about redemption but is actually about how none of us are truly alone, either literally or figuratively. In other words, there is no way to avoid becoming involved in other people's lives.[/font]
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