The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Overall, there's as much for adults to enjoy as kids, although the latter will probably be the only ones to appreciate the farting reindeer and the poop pellets fired at cop cars in pursuit.
The film is listing, overladen with cheap trinkets. Dogged, heartfelt acting works hard to prop it up.
This modest offering exudes a happy-scrappy charm as it bobbles whimsically along.
There's a sprinkling of grit amid the tinsel.
British Christmas comedy has rude humor, some mature themes.
Daft, deft and ever-so-British
Flatulent reindeer, sugary sentimentality, ropey effects and a rubbish riff on The Shawshank Redemption.
Two levels of hohohos at work here: Spall's likeable scepticism (for adults) and reindeer flatulence (kids).
Former horror maestro Christopher Smith, who made his name with Severance, Triangle and Black Death, goes in search of his inner child with this moderately likable Christmas romp.
You've got to take the rough with the smooth, and there's a lot of smooth here.
Solidly entertaining Christmas movies are so rare that when one comes along it feels like the best gift ever.
Here's the thing with Christmas movies, I don't mind watching them, but the fact of the matter is that there's not many good ones. I don't mean to suggest that none of them are good, but there aren't as many good Christmas/holiday movies as there are horror movies. Plus, honestly, these types of films are usually only appropriate during the holiday season. Horror films aren't attached to one season, so that's what makes it easier for me to do an October horror-fest, because there are so many options to choose from. I can't do the same with holiday movies, because you've got It's a Wonderful Life, the classic to end all classics, A Christmas Story, one of the many adaptations of A Christmas Carol and that's it. There are a lot of nauseatingly bad and kiddy Christmas movies that I will never see. Like Santa Paws or some such bullshit. But, with that said, this film honestly wasn't bad in the slightest. Don't get me wrong, I think this is a movie that, actually, more adults will enjoy than kids, but there's some weird attempts to appeal to the kids by having some fart jokes in there as that's how the reindeers are able to communicate. That, to me, is as lazy as it can possibly get. Like the lowest common denominator. I'm not saying that farts, when used properly, can't be used to tell a funny joke, I'm just saying that it's used as lazily as humanly possible in order to get the kids to laugh. That's just terrible writing to me. It's not just lazy, it's terrible. The film isn't what I would call good or anything, but, outside of the stupid fart jokes, it's a perfectly acceptable family film. I can imagine it wouldn't be so great if you watched it alone and if it was up to me, like I was watching alone, I wouldn't have watched this at all. That's just me. It works best as a movie you watch with your family. The story is basic and simple. A father, trying to make up for lost time, and his son save Christmas after Santa Claus is arrested for trespassing. It's the simplest story to follow, and it'd almost have to be, but there's something uniquely British about it. If you're used to Blackadder, Monty Python or Edgar Wright, then this won't be your cup of tea. It doesn't have that dry, British wit that I'm such a big fan of, but it still feels uniquely British, so at least that's something. It's got a good cast, so I can't complain there. The film does become a little sentimental, but at least it's never nauseating as some of these tend to be. There's some funny scenes, not laugh out loud, but chuckle-worthy. The best of these is when Santa Claus, with a make-over to make him look mean, comes out to Straight Outta Compton from NWA. It's funny if only because this is a family movie and Straight Outta Compton, probably the best rap song I've ever heard and I'm not a huge rap guy, is full of curse words. So they have a clean version of the song and I just thought that was funny that there's actually a clean version of this song out there. Or at least the first verse with Ice Cube's part. Again, the movie is never hilarious so, honestly, I can't really recall much of anything else that made me laugh, so that might not be a good sign for some people. I don't mind it as much considering what the film was trying to achieve, it's an 'in-the-moment' film if that makes sense. It's the type of film that, after you watch, you move on from it. It's not gonna stick with you. But, for the moment I watched it, this wasn't a half bad movie at all. It's got some enjoyable parts here and a good cast. I just think its adherence to Christmas movie formula tends to be its downfall. You should give this a go if you've got family over and you've got Netflix. It's not the type of film I'd pay to watch.
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