The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Like the best "mockumentaries", this often feels like the real thing - unlike the obvious parody that was SPINAL TAP.
Quentin, what are you smoking?
Anyone who goes in expecting unbridled dopey fun will be disappointed.
Decent Canadian indie flick with a big cult following.
I'm supposed to like this film aren't I? Everyone loves Hard Core Logo as Canada's great Spinal Tap. There's only one problem. Spinal Tap is far superior and my readers know how much I have a thing against band films.
The advertising for Hard Core Logo bills it as ?edgier and darker than Spinal Tap,? and while I wouldn?t call this overly edgy it was wise of the film to own up to its obvious debt to Rob Reiner?s This is Spinal Tap. Comparison?s to that film are inevitable given that both projects are mockumentaries about dysfunctional rock bands and Spinal Tap is blatantly referenced in at least two different places in the film, this goes a long way in allowing the film to get that comparison out of the way and move on. Unlike the ill-fated band in Spinal Tap, the hardcore punk band at the center of this film isn?t particularly unsuccessful, their music is pretty decent by punk standards and they were reportedly pretty popular in their day. The difference is that these guys aren?t lovable losers like Spinal Tap is, they?re a bunch of jerks who pretty much have their inevitable failure coming to them, that?s the film?s fatal flaw; these people become really tiresome as the film goes on.
I didn?t find the movie to be very funny at all, I?m not sure it was even trying to be. This wasn?t a problem at first but it began to be pretty clear that this material didn?t really have the weight or interest to really hold its own as any sort of drama, and once my interest in the characters went downhill the movie didn?t really have a lot to fall back on.
Visually, I thought this was pretty decent. The filmmakers never go out of their way to over-emphasize the faux-documentary look. They don?t gratuitously shake the camera and they don?t use crappy film stock, consequently it looks a lot more like a real doc than many similar projects. The acting is also pretty good, this is certainly how I?d expect a dysfunctional punk band to look and sound.
My review sound?s a little more negative than my real outlook, really the movie works pretty well for at least half of its 90 minute running time and I like the last couple scenes a lot as well (great last shot). There are some amusing scenes in here, but I think the whole thing might have been better suited for a short subject than a feature.
It's big, loud and dirty, and like Hero, it's one of those foreign films Quentin Tarantino liked enough to distribute himself. Hard Core Logo tells the story in "mockumentary" fashion, but it's by no means a comedy like its forebear This is Spinal Tap. Bruce McDonald's film is a true piece of Canadiana in one sense, as anyone who's driven from Vancouver to Winnipeg can attest (let alone back, as the band does), and in another sense, it's an experience that is globally understood: the punk rock world is what it is because there are so many people like Joe Dick involved. As Billy Talent points out in one of the film's best moments, though, you can only stay angry so long. The film is captivating right up to its very last second, with an ending that will shock you. Can't really say anymore, just add it to your list, it's essential viewing (with a great punk soundtrack).
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