The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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... the director's strivings for tricky effects seem to have left him little attention to spare for developing his characters or drawing passable performances from his actors...
...for all its moments of brilliance that rival anything Roeg ever did, Eureka fails. The film stumbles under one of the weakest scripts he ever dealt with.
Eccentric even by Roeg standards, this goes overboard with the histrionics, and even the slight supernatural tinge that defines Roeg's films is clumsily handled here. Yet there are some thought-provoking ideas and exchanges, and the acting is impeccable.
More a curio than a straightforward classic, Nicolas Roeg's Eureka is beyond weird.
In its own convoluted way, tells us that money can't buy us happiness.
[font=Century Gothic]In "Eureka" Jack McCann(Gene Hackman) is the ultimate self-made man, having discovered a mother lode of gold, about twenty years before. Now, he is one of the wealthiest men in the world, owning his very own island in the Caribbean. His personal life is not on the same exalted level, however. His wife, Helen(Jane Lapotaire), is an alcoholic. His daughter, Tracy(Theresa Russell), is married to a French emigre, Claude(Rutger Hauer), who Jack severely disapproves of. To add to his troubles, a group of mobsters from Miami are trying to muscle in to build a casino on his land...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Even for director Nicolas Roeg, "Eureka" is an odd movie. The movie throws in too many ideas to properly consider and there is simply too much going on here for it to be considered anything of a success. To start, themes including greed, spirituality and family mix uneasily together while the mobsters sublot needlessly complicates matters. A much simpler approach might have worked as the setting and characters are not without interest. [/font]
[font=Century Gothic]Adding to the strangeness, are Mickey Rourke and Joe Pesci giving the most restrained performances of their careers. Gene Hackman is fine as always.[/font]
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