The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Effective radical agitprop, relentless in its anger, this film is more outspoken about contemporary racism in England than any other feature that comes to mind.
This is a serious subject, and worthy of a serious journalistic report. That is not, however, what For Queen and Country is.
The choice of Washington doesn't help: he isn't bad in the part, but his accent strays absurdly. More worrying is the often corny plotting, the by now tired-looking exploitation of Broadwater violence, and a preposterous shootout ending.
In a terrifically subtle and powerful performance, Mr. Washington is true to the modest, struggling man he plays. His expression registers restrained anger and much confusion.
For Queen & Country is suspense-free, a laboriously paced look at the poor man's impotence in an unjust society.
Washington creates the character as a convincing, sympathetic person, and he deserves more than to have the character thrown away on a phoned-in plot.
A jolly caper it isn't, but for gritty thrills and powerful drama, it delivers.
Well-intentioned but overreaching.
Denzel Washington gives a forceful performance as the black protagonist, but the story sinks into mere cops-and-robbers melodrama after a while.
Artfully directed and acted, For Queen & Country errs by overstating its case.
Aside from the bizarre sight of Denzel Washington sporting a cockney British accent, there's not much worth recommending about For Queen and Country.
Sadly, in trying to make a point about an unjust society, director Martin Stellman and writer Trix Worrell go disastrously overboard.
Denzel walks around, denzel talks to some guys, denzel drinks some liquor, denzel dies. and he does all this with a british accent and australian slang.
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