The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Yamada has a very keen eye for depicting adolescent malaise in visually evocative terms, and Liz and the Blue Bird could have benefited from even more flights of fancy than she allows for here.
The sequences illustrating the fairy tale are rendered in a handsome water color style, but even these scenes feel too slow and deliberate to enliven the film.
While it is not in the same league as A Silent Voice, it is a sweet and pleasant film that's worth a watch.
Older viewers may find that the sheer quantity of angst on display here makes for a trying watch, and may wish the girls would pull themselves together and have a proper talk, but the simple prettiness of the film is liable to win it many fans.
These are real teens so desperately searching for their place amongst each other that they forget to unearth what it is they want on their own terms.
Liz and the Blue Bird soars from the get-go as it weaves together a fantastical fairy tale and a more intimate, relatable high school story.
What's most impressive is that Yamada gives delicate life to a wafer-thin story of two friends drifting apart. Without ever feeling choppy or over edited, the shots are composed in microscopic detail.
Liz and the Blue Bird, while seemingly straightforward and simple, is one of the most structurally complex films about the necessity of communication for healthy relationships.
It's literally just quiet drama between a shy girl and her more outgoing friend accompanied by classical music. I'm sure there's an audience for Liz and the Blue Bird, but I'm just not a part of it.
From a formalist perspective, all of Yamada's films are fascinating, and Liz and the Blue Bird might be the most fascinating for its contrasts of style and color, and for its elaborate soundscape.
This film will resonate just as strongly with anyone who's ever been through the emotional roller coaster known as high school.
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