The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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There's an attractive air of menace hanging over the proceedings, but otherwise the movie feels stagey and stilted.
A good workout for a talented cast ...
There's no small pleasure in watching Dolan and Greenwood square off against each other ...
... brims with unmotivated camera dips, lifts and pans to impose momentum, all of which is unnecessary since there's more than enough going on in any one scene to hold our attention...
Greenwood is convincing as a professional teetering on the edge of desperation, but Dolan's twitchy, mannered turn gives him almost nothing to play against.
Elephant Song is a twisty and unpredictable film that has poignancy and depth thanks to a layered story that's executed brilliantly by the two leads.
Binamé's film has many elements of a gripping psychological thriller, and the verbal jousting between Greenwood and Dolan's characters is rather entertaining; but by the time all is revealed, the punch doesn't quite hit its mark.
"Elephant Song" isn't so much a bad film as it is exceedingly safe. It brings a stew of potentially challenging themes and ideas, particularly for the time, and backgrounds them for a verbal fight that is never fair or in question from the first word.
Xavier Dolan as an actor is just as much commendable as Dolan the director. "Elephant Song" exhibits that. It's also a steady and suspenseful mind game played on the characters in the film and the audience alike. Bruce Greenwood and Catherine Keener were excellent in their roles, adding just as much intrigue to the plot as does Dolan's character and circumstances.
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