The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The plot is a nonsensical, hyperactive jumble and the gags are relatively uninspired compared to the classic Looney Tunes cartoons.
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Robert Zemeckis isn't a Hal Walker, but Joe Dante's right up there with Tashlin, Avery, and Jones.
The film's appeal is universal, much as the appeal of the Looney Tunes characters is universal.
A nutty, zany, wacky, unruly, spastically hilarious hodgepodge that hits at least twice as often as it misses.
... a cheerful and self-referential romp blending animation with live action in a non-stop quest for silly laughs.
It's not a disgrace, but it is a missed opportunity.
Has its funny moments, but all too often it's a corny, lackluster film in which humans pretend (not always convincingly) to interact with cartoons.
...frequently creative, impressively animated, and sufficiently wacky, [it] is the movie many fans haven't seen, but that most of them should actually take the time to enjoy.
Can you detect a certain lack of focus here?
it's the closest we're gonna get to the golden age when Mel Blanc did the voices and the cartoons were directed by Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng and Robert McKimson
Live action/animated tale will amuse cartoon fans.
Kids will love the pure madcap zaniness of the plot, the characters and a lot of the gags, and I had a very good time.
Like a pop culture-gorged Hope-and-Crosby buddy flick hopped up on mescaline.
Not quite hot on the heels of 'Space Jam' but clearly whipped out to try and garner as much success as said film, how could they fail?.
Well for a start the plot is a jumbled mess that tries its hand at various movie genres and not quite deciding which to stick with. All the Looney Tunes stars are crammed into the film given various roles which just feels forced and unnecessary. Its the usual thing of Bugs and Daffy working together (well you know they don't get on right?) and teaming up with the fresh faced Fraser to thwart evil Steve Martin who is possibly the worst thing in the entire film, talk about over the top-over acting and not being funny at the same time!.
This film feels so phony, such a product placement hack of a flick. The action moves from place to place including a wide range of gimmicks just to cover all the bases and try to appeal to everyone. There are sequences in Vegas which end up in a car chase which isn't too bad but that all leads to the inevitable Bond spoofing ugh!. There is an Area 51 sequence which of course leads to some familiar sci-fi creations popping up. Lets just say the film spoofs/homages almost every flippin' film they can muster at various points throughout the films run time.
I guess the casting of Dalton kinda gives the game away as what to expect though doesn't it. Oh Dalton, oh geez I guess its a Bond spoof again everyone, how very original.
I realise that's the whole point of the film, its a full length parody made up of various little moments or sketches where each character has a spot in the light to shine. A film within a film, breaking the fourth wall, cute little in-jokes and product placements etc...yeah I know the drill, problem is its just really lame. The plot just feels totally pointless, you don't really need the plot, just call it a montage movie.
One thing I must give praise too is the sharp animation of all the classic characters plus their integration into the live action. Its clearly much slicker than 'Space Jam' and the live actors are impressively responsive to their cartoon counterparts. Despite every gag being predictable and unoriginal the whole thing does look really glossy and polished.
But seriously! I mean come on...we even get Indiana Jones jungles and lava flows plus outer space action towards the end! just stick em all in there, something we appeal to someone!. The funny thing is Fraser is perfectly cast for this type of film, the guy the looks and acts like a cartoon, that's why he's in so many kiddie flicks. Not a bad thing per say...I'm just pointing it out.
I think kids will enjoy the film for its bright colourful visuals and the inclusion of all their favourite characters. Adults may get a slight kick from some of the parodies and reasonable gags from time to time (much like the brief 'Pulp Fiction' parody in 'Space Jam'). Overall this is such a clusterfuck of ideas it just feels like a bombardment from many sources, but instead of narrowing it down they just use everything, throw it all into the pot, give it a good stir and see what happens.
The other issue is simply these classic toons will never be the same again without good old Mel Blanc I'm afraid. Even 'Space Jam' suffered from the same problem, the characters just don't have that same bite, they lost their satirical edge when Blanc died sadly and that doesn't appear to have been brought back. I think the characters are slightly watered down these days, playing it safe, maybe its just me.
I honesty think they chucked so many settings and movie concepts into this simply for it to appeal to everyone. I think the term recycled sums this up pretty well, a tribute to the WB Looney tunes by merely recycling all their classic goofiness. Question is did we really need it as its nowhere near as good.
There's something in there for everyone whether you like space, jungles, Vegas, Bond or even a bit of culture in Paris, its all here folks!.
A very entertaining tribute to classic Looney Tunes cartoons and a very diffeent take on them too of which they are all just animated actors. The effects are well done and although the toons steal the show it's still a really fun ride and will bring a smile to everyone's faces big and small.
The bad plot and the excited, but terrible screenplay, don't made this movie a good thing to the filmography of Looney Tunes. With the nonsense gags based in old cartoons, Larry Doyle and Joe Dante does another damm motion picture that gonna make the audience think twice, before watch the next Looney Tunes's film. And question himself if the next movie of Bugs Bunny and your gang, be better that the last. Other hand, the better is the Tunes never more back in action... in cinema. Rotten.
Ok, the Looney Tunes are cool and funny. But thats just because, well, ITS THE LOONEY TUNES!!! The plot, actors, and settings ar boring, horrible, & couldve been done better. The comedy is pretty good though, but as I said, its only cause its The Looney Tunes.
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