The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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A curious amalgam of fairy tale and fever dream, which makes less and less sense as it proceeds but does so with undiminished flair...
It's not clear where Gutierrez's interest lies, why this story matters to him, what he's trying to say.
Gutierrez is ultimately too enamored of his quasi-feminist, visually convulsive upending of damsel myths to let his actors enjoy themselves the way De Palma or Dario Argento would.
Mr. Gutierrez keeps the viewer in the same state of confusion as Elizabeth, but each surprise, paradoxically, makes the movie less and less surprising as a whole.
The main problem is that the storyline becomes so convoluted that it doesn't live up to the intriguing setup.
There's a good way of doing a modern retelling of Bluebeard (see: Ex Machina), but Elizabeth Harvest is not it.
The limpid shocks and needless structural convolutions might be unmemorable, but the striking visuals and juxtapositions linger.
At times, Elizabeth Harvest appears to even confuse itself, feeling as if the film didn't have a script as much as an idea that continued to be brainstormed until the film was wrapped.
Arguably, Elizabeth Harvest is about those favorite science-fiction standbys: identity, hubris, and humanity's darkest sides.
Outside of some unsettling imagery and a few scattered jolts, the result is more tedious than provocative.
Both great genre fun and genuinely horrifying.
Gutierrez does well to share just enough information so that each subsequent revelation can reframe everything before it.
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