The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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An confusing movie made worse by the poor camera work.
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Soderbergh's playfully experimental spirit should be saluted, even if the end product looks like it was more fun to make than it is to watch.
Soderbergh is so busy trying to create his movie-within-a-movie -- and, in at least one instance, his movie-within- a-movie-within -a-movie -- that he botches the enclosing movie.
The best you can say about Full Frontal, an ensemble piece that flirts with ideas about illusion and reality, is that the movie qualifies as a failed experiment.
A boring, amateurish, incomprehensible and stupefyingly pretentious pile of swill.
Mr. Soderbergh's direction and visual style struck me as unusually and unimpressively fussy and pretentious.
Full Frontal is like the 'Special Features' disc of the DVD without the original movie.
Some vivid moments, but overall, just so-so.
The most dense, fascinating collage of notions and meta-narrative references and formal tinkering in Soderbergh's whole career.
It's a doodle movie, a sketchbook. I was held by the tinkering quality of it, though.
Soderbergh's movie likely will appeal more to filmmakers than filmgoers.
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a dizzyingly convoluted exploration of sex, art, identity and reality
When you have been working for many years, and are one of the most versatile and prolific filmmakers out there, it only seems inevitable that eventually you'll produce a work that's bad, if not almost totally awful.
That is the case here with this mess from Steven Soderbergh.
Shot primarily on digital, this is a loose ensemble piece executed in a manner loosely based on the Dogma 95 movement, as well as the French New Wave to an extent.
We get multiple threads following a bunch of people all invited to the party of a mutual friend. We weave in and out of these various subplots, but the one that seems to linger the most involves an actor and actress working on a movie directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt (who both appear as themselves). Throughout the movie we are treated to this film within a film as well.
I really wanted to like this, not just because it's Soderbergh, but because of its reputation. I'm sorry to say that I'm going with the crowd on this one. Sometimes I like loose, breezy plot-light films ,but here it's just dull, meandering, and pretentious. It also really looks like crap, being shot on digital and all, and it's more frustrating since the film within the film is shot to look like a regular movie, making it distracting.
I'm also okay with movies that blur the line between reality and not, but here it's just an incoherent mess.
The actors make it worth it, hence why my grade isn't lower, and I do like the playful jabs at Fincher's obsessive compulsion to shoot take after take, but bottom line, I'm just gonna chalk this one up to being a nice idea that just fell apart.
Some of this is interesting, and if it were shorter, it'd be a little easier to swallow, but in the end, I'm just gonna thank everyone from trying, and hope they learn their lesson.
Comes across as trying a little too hard to be edgy. I did however find myself drawn to some characters and situations in particular. I especially liked the scenes with David Hyde Pierce and the veterinarian.
I'll never understand the universal hate of Full Frontal; it's a good movie.
If you're in the mood for random weirdness look no further.
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