The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This biopic is undeniably stylish, but loses points for excessive length, an overreliance on clichés, and historical inaccuracies.
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The producers are to be congratulated on every phase of the beautiful production except their lack of courage cutting the film.
Pretentious, packed with hokum and as richly sentimental as an Irving Berlin lyric, it is, as such, top-notch entertainment.
Considering the recent screen standards in book musicals with five numbers for 100 to 110 minutes of running time this Metro Santaclausing of numbers becomes virtually a double-feature filmusical.
If the picture overcrowds its screen, at least we must admit it is an impressive kaleidoscope; and probably nothing short of that could reflect the gaudy career of America's foremost showman.
It's amazingly dull, even with William Powell in the lead and guest appearances by the likes of Ray Bolger and Fanny Brice, so of course it won the Best Picture Oscar for 1936.
Although some of the production's technical aspects remain impressive, the dramatic elements come across as trite and many of the musical numbers are dated.
Like a man sitting hour after hour on top of a pole, it does excite a kind of wonder; wonder at how it manages to go on.
Since it's so fun to look at, you will not be bored for a second, constantly wowed by the enormity of it all.
A real treat.
It's a lavishly epic biopic, full of wonderful performances and breathtaking musical numbers. It definitely deserved its Oscar!
Drags in places and deosn't even try for a true-to-life portrait of the great theatre entrepeneur but it's shiny and big spectacle with impressive choreography.
This Oscar winner for Best Picture is only great in its tediousness, length and its budget.
Florenz Ziegfeld rises from anonymity to become one of the most successful theater producers of all time.
As a character study, this film is sorely lacking. By the end of the film, there's no understanding about what makes Ziegfeld successful, unless you count his devil-may-care ballsiness or his penchant for using his friends to bail him out of his money matters. And while William Powell plays Ziegfeld with energy from big spectacle to big spectacle, the film rarely slows down to reflect on Ziegfeld's raison d'etre.
All that said, the Ziegfeld spectacles recreated for the film are remarkably compelling and a feast for the eyes. There's a dance sequence in this film that rivals anything Gene Kelly ever attempted.
Overall, the characters aren't fully explored, but there's still fun to be had.
Winner of some Oscars way back when, this is a lengthy, lavish spectacle driven biopic about Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.- a legendary theatrical impressario who went from being a small time manager for a strongman, to being basically penniless, but managing to head a Broadway empire.
This film undoubtedly takes liberties with how the actual story went down, but I kinda expected that. This is a very long film, and at times it's basically a drawn out soap opera, but the perforamnces are decent, the stage numbers are extremely well done, and this film has some excellent costumes and set designs. There's also lots of well known musical pieces throughout, and the inclusions of real life Ziegfeld players adds to the integrity and authenticity of things.
All in all, if you dig old fashioned epic spectacle type films, you'll probably enjoy this one. As a biopic it is pretty routine, but the acting is good, the cast likeable, and overall this proves to be decently fun and entertaining.
Not only entertaining, it's historical and biographical too. Powell is a great actor. I really enjoyed this movie.
The Great Ziegfeld wasn't bad but it could've been about an hour shorter. The musical numbers went on way too long for not really adding much to the story. Admittedly, some of the numbers were truly fantastic from a spectacle and filmmaking standpoint--namely the one before the intermission. William Powell was his usual likable self but not introducing Myrna Loy until the last 45 minutes was pretty goddamned unforgivable. Of the 13 collaborations that Powell and Loy did together I'd have to say The Great Ziegfeld was the weakest (and before you ask, yes, I did see Song of the Thin Man), which is pretty damned ironic considering this won Best Picture of 1936. Moments of fun are to be found, but The Great Ziegfeld is just kind of a big mess.
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