The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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In spite of its fanciful tendencies, the film nails the growing pains that result from love and loss.
It rings true, resonates as real even in its fantasies, because it is rooted in a place of authenticity, in subjectivity, in emotion and in storytelling.
If it falls victim to a bit too many college film student clichés, it's easy to forgive Meyerhoff due to the great performance she draws from her talented young star and what this film means for her bright future.
Like its heroine, "I Believe in Unicorns" is faltering and undeveloped, but with a wiry core that belies its apparent uncertainty.
On paper this all sounds terribly cliché, and it's a testament to Meyerhoff's talent as a director that she manages to give the standard coming-of-age material emotional resonance ...
Vack is sexy and charming, but Dyer carries the film, the camera holding her expressive face in close-up, wavering between pain and wonder.
Even when escaping into a glistening imaginary world of unicorns and dragons, one step remains firmly planted in an all-too-familiar yet strikingly real story of first love.
'I Believe in Unicorns' has its shortcomings. But it also lingers long after the final credits have rolled and bodes well for [writer-director Leah] Meyerhoff's future.
A dreamy and quirkily twisted coming-of-age story.
One of the most visually accomplished feature debuts of late from an American filmmaker.
It's unusually attuned to how it feels for a teenager to have her first intense, quasi-mature relationship, and how it feels for her to use that love affair as an escape.
Meyerhoff's scrapbook style will irritate some, and enrapture others. But in a world of increasingly stentorian female filmmakers, she's one to watch.
Great indie flick that showcases a great talent behind the camera and in front. Films like this deserve better recognition from the masses. This will be one of those forgotten gems that only a selective few will get to watch. Keep an eye out for the talent involved and see where they go because if this film is any indication they all have a bright future.
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