The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Director Matt Ruskin's enthusiasm for the project is readily apparent, but his film is unfocused, meandering, and frustrating to watch.
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It makes the viewer uncomfortable, too -- but it's unquestionably honest, like so much of Hip-Hop.
A big, wet, sloppy valentine to hip-hop's power to give voice to the voiceless.
First-time director Matt Ruskin is a skilled documentarian; he releases information gradually so the narrative develops in an organic fashion that is consistently engaging.
The film meanders, sidetracks, and frustrates -- few of the rap songs, some of them boasting wildly inspired couplets, are shown and heard in their entirety.
Dramatically, the movie lacks motion -- the kids don't seem a lot better off at the end -- and the point of the program escapes me. These kids badly need an education.
[Director] Ruskin is so awed by his subject that he never gains the distance needed to create a bigger, more powerful picture.
Rolle's passion and perseverance power the film, and along the way he gets a boost from rap mogul Russell Simmons and Bruce Willis.
[A] powerful and, if we're lucky, influential documentary.
Based on what we hear, though, it's hard to assess whether anyone has any breakthrough potential. Likewise, there's nothing remarkable about the filmmaking.
Even if you don't particulary care for rap, The Hip Hop Project may persuade you that there's something to be said for it, after all.
Unfortunately, this is a Hallmark version of hip-hop-and it really hurts to knock this film.
More, I can't shed my enthusiasm for what Kazi accomplished, the philanthropic legacy he has crafted to give voices to the voiceles a simply stunning achievement.
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