The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Rather than invoking sympathy or shared outrage, the filmmaker creates a kind of complicity with her audience, particularly as she explores the depressingly similar, sterile apartments of the high-rises steadily surrounding her.
The result is like an hour and a half listening to someone bellyache about her landlord.
What's lacking is a larger cultural, historical, and aesthetic context.
Su Friedrich's cranky, sarcastic documentary polemic about the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood ...
The navel-gazing artist class that gave Williamsburg its character (now more of a marketable "brand") has in Friedrich both a vigorous defender and, it must be said, something close to an angry parody of itself.
Friedrich, so impassioned by her subject matter, couldn't get enough objectivity to make a film that's more than just a complaint.
Rightfully angry, but too simplistic, annoying and tedious.
An all out assault on NY real estate developers and their nonstop drive to turn one of the world's great cities into a Tower of Mammon.
Very DIY project covers the scary gentrification of a beloved New York neighborhood, but ends up being more a whine-fest than truly powerful.
Due to the one-minded construction of the documentary, there's little to parse beyond impassioned harrumphs.
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