The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Gringo rounds up a bafflingly overqualified cast for a misfire of a comedy that's fatally undermined by its messy plot, poorly conceived characters, and obvious debts to better films.
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Life may be full of coincidences, but screenplays cannot be.
I left the theater vaguely annoyed - as if the filmmakers had thrown away some promising ideas and elements in weaving together a thoroughly generic chase movie and pretending it's something special by employing ineffective stylistic choices.
Director Nash Edgerton and screenwriters Anthony Tambakis and Matthew Stone do a fine job of juggling the multiple story lines, moving things along at an entertaining clip.
It can't decide whether it wants to be magnificently toxic or merely mediocre.
'Pleasant surprise' might be a misnomer for Gringo.
Dust off those spec scripts, all you as-yet-unsuccessful scribes - Hollywood's apparently paying anyone these days.
Entertaining enough, with a sufficient number of internal chuckles to be able to overlook any missteps, Gringo's main downfall is an overcooked script and an A-list cast that puts too much pressure on the film as a whole.
This is only his second feature (Nash Edgerton's debut, 2008's The Square, is one of the great underrated Australian films of the modern era) and here's hoping there are many more to come.
Though Gringo's desperation to be loved can grate, it's also hard to argue that some audiences will love its ribald humor and hyper-active energy.
It's entertaining enough, but never really offer much in the realms of originality.
This is a movie that is practically daring you to walk out.
The film has enough energy and nerve to carry you through the underwhelming end.
Gringo's alright but here's the thing, the crime-caper-clusterfuck hasn't just been done better before, it's been done better before by the same director.
Call me crazy, but I really enjoyed myself. The many plot elements and characters may not necessarily be as fleshed out as well as they could be, but they serve their necessary purpose to entertaining effect. And yeah, the "weed pill" is more a catalyst for the action as a whole rather than a topic of discussion, but the dark ensemble comedy pitch works and as a result I dug way more of this than I didn't.
-Oyelowo raps an entire verse of "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" and nails it
-Theron does Mavis Gary, but from a different angle and steals every scene in which she appears.
-It (literally) took me two whole minutes to realize that was Paris Jackson
-Sharlto Copley is a South African treasure and should be utilized far more than he has been since 2009.
-"That's like paying a $1,000 for a Whopper Jr." Not a whopper, but a whopper jr.. I'm right there with ya.
I'll give this another go to see if I can catch what so many are complaining about, but I hope it's the other way around and people come to appreciate this eventually. Unfortunately, those who've already seen this will likely never happen across it again.
Like a Mad Magazine story about the greed of capitalists gone mad this has it's moments. The story concerns one middle manager type (David Oyelowo) who discovers in the course of living his life that everyone he knows is into some sort of money hustle and is dissing him behind his back because he isn't. And so he decides to get in on the action. Joel Edgerton and Cherlize Theron are great as backstabbing lovers, and the action moves along briskly enough. I had some fun with this.
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