The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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... the slapstick and sentiment make for a queasy mixture.
... a great deal of fun.
The result is a heart-tugger made totally irresistible because of the combination of Kitano's wry, sly sense of humor and his rigorous detachment.
... its treacly mix of emotional manipulation and klutzy comedy will make it hard to digest for most audiences.
The comic drama is refreshingly anti-sentimental but will break your heart anyway.
Kikujiro is more on the nose, and that's probably why it doesn't entirely work.
A quiet masterpiece that delights and affects long after its revels have ended.
Leads with Kitano's exquisite timing and ability to mine both laughs and heartache in a single instant. It's a gorgeous take on alienation and guardianship.
Filtered through Kitano's distant and deadpan touch, the material works, and it works well.
Not Kitano's best but still displays a deadpan visual cleverness that's uniquely his own.
Kikujiro, like the childhood games that its characters play, offers a temporary distraction from the disappointments of reality.
It doesn't seem like the type of film Kitano should be making...
definitely the sweetest of kitano's films and a chance for him to show his comedic talents. it's not quite like most american films with similar themes. kitano plays off his gangster image as a loud mouth lowlife who still manages to intimidate people. the kid is a bit of a blank slate with deadpan expression through most of the film. lots of quirky characters and odd situations with a minimum of sentimental mush, altho the music gets a little sappy at times. overall charming
Bad tempered small-time criminal Takeshi Kitano is "volunteered" to take a young boy to meet the mother he has never known, and after blowing all their money at the track they resort to hitch-hiking meeting the inevitable mix of oddballs along the way. Anyone familiar with the films of Beat Takeshi will know of his formula of crime drama punctuated by comic snapshots of "gangsters at play", but here he ditches the whole gangster element leaving a warm if slightly aimless character study cum road movie. There is little in the way of narrative or drama, the story instead concentrating on the relationship between the boy and Kitano's worst-role-model-ever of a father figure and their comic mishaps. It may be because I'm a little too hard-bitten and cynical, but for me this wasn't quite enough; there are laughs and some nice images, but when a film dispenses with narrative driven drama, an emotional connection must replace it, and I didn't really feel it. A pleasantly amusing tale, but it all felt a little slight and insubstantial to me.
I always had high expectations for Kitano's movies but I never expected this one to be such a great movie, Truly refreshing
A more gentle Kitano, with gentle standing for plenty of very dark gags towards the kid. In my case, i loved to see Kitano redoing the usual cliches in this type of movies with his ironic and ambigous touch. So, it goes without saying this might not click with everyone.
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