The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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There are the seeds of something interesting here, but premise and talent are ill-served by crude and cliched characterisation and thudding execution ...
It's a lovely idea but the execution falls short on every count, hampered by some strange casting, some seriously misfiring comedy and a screenplay -- co-written by Knowles -- that suggests, on this evidence, that he should stick to the day job.
A film too stiff for comedy, too silly for drama and too slow for fun in between.
Every member of the cast... deserved a better, less far-fetched, plot than director John Miller and writers Miller, Nick Knowles and Jeremy Sheldon have devised for them.
...a gentle comedy with something to say...
Founded on solidly serious themes of ageing, dying, illness and crime, the film does not on the surface offer much hope for fun, but the surface is exactly where the fun is
Substandard jokes about "slap and tickle" and vibrators, and parochial references to Pot Noodles nowhere near sophisticated enough for the intended audience.
John Miller's good-natured picture makes a noble stab at yoking real-world social problems to capering.
That the duo's robbery spree is such a gentle affair is the source of many of the movie's gags - their getaway car is a Volvo with a caravan on the back - but the geriatric pace means that the laughs are on the gentle side, too.
Despite a likable cast of television and theatre stalwarts, this limps along like a botched hip operation.
The humour is exceedingly gentle and the plot increasingly improbable. But John Miller directs steadily and the performances are irresistibly knowing.
Gentle the film's good-natured, well-meaning comedy most certainly is, soft-edged and reassuring too - but it's also so full of stock characters and movie cliches that the whole thing feels a bit like a missed opportunity.
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