The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The Gingerbread Man, a neo-noir thriller that unwinds with off-kilter promise, is the big yawn.
Robert Altman the up-and- down director meets John Grisham the constant mediocrity. Just where, in our hypothetical picture, should we place that unlikely scene?
Altman had a fine time composing difficult shots, through screens, bushes and sheets of rain, and Chungwei's images, sometimes delicate, sometimes harsh, stick with you long after you've forgotten their context.
With unexpected success, Robert Altman plays a John Grisham mystery in a seductive new key.
If you like movies more than you do John Grisham, you can leave the story behind and listen to the filmmaking master class that Altman conducts on the screen.
There's great pleasure in watching a movie in which the director has thought out everything beforehand.
Unfortunately, the film remains relatively charmless.
Grisham interpreted through Altman's sensability is Grisham made richer, more comic, and less predictable in its easy duality.
An underrated atmospheric thriller from Robert Altman
A pulp melodrama in denial.
The performances are great.
Altman and his great cast make the most of the material and deliver a solid movie.
Altman even makes this look good. Plus the setting of Savannah helps. A great little performance from Robert Downey Jr. as well.
There is so much wrong with "The Gingerbread Man" that it's no wonder Robert Altman was threatening to disown the film upon it's release. After a bitter fight with Universal over, well, the entire outcome of the film, Altman's sensibilities as a director are scarcely recognizable. Still, the film wouldn't have even been that great if Altman had complete control. The story, from John Grisham, is uninteresting and just plain bizarre. The acting is ham fisted and all those cheesy southern accents don't help, either. From the lame title, to the outlandish yet strangely pedestrian narrative, "The Gingerbread Man" is one of Altman's worst films. But then again, can you even call this a Robert Altman film?
Altman concocts what may have been a good thriller, but forgets to add the thrills. This is certainly not his genre. Why show us somebody trying to make a phone call to someone and building it up so much when we know that person hasn't got there phone? Especially when it cuts back to the shot of the phone more than once. The cast are great and really manage to salvage what is quite an interesting script until the final twist.
Sadly very underrated.
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