The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Every step depends on stifled emotions and closely guarded secrets, resulting in a buildup of operatic passion that endows everyday gestures and inflections with grandeur and nobility.
[Sirk provides] a coolly formal approach to otherwise unwieldy projects.
It is a sensitive treatment of faith told in terms of moving, human drama which packs emotional impact.
Primary credit for mooring the picture to an earthly and earthy plane belongs to the two stars.
An extraordinary film about vision.
A film requiring as many Kleenex as you can spare, this unabashed appeal to the tear ducts does not fail in its efforts.
Sirk, though often celebrated by critics for his ironic approach to the melodrama, takes even his most overwrought scenes quite seriously. Theres not a whiff of condescension to be found...
What people don't quite give Sirk credit for nowadays in their rush to justify his intellectual credentials is the fact that if he didn't necessarily believe in the cheesecake he served up.
[Sirk's] unreal exaggerations offer a beautiful world of beautiful people and tortured emotions and grand sacrifice to the altar of love.
drowns in its sentimentality
It's almost a miracle at how Sirk makes this preposterous melodrama come to life.
One of Hollywood's great melodramas, Magnificent Obsession is not in any way spoilt by its nonsensical plot.
Sirk was an expert at the melodramatic and I had the wonderful opportunity to see this on the big screen. There is cheesiness in some parts but it is sweeping in its camera angles and its charms.
This is a wonderful movie of the fifties, with a cast of stars that in today?s film world would be unheard off. The budget to get these stars together today would make anyone faint. Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, and Agnes Moorehead. I grew up thinking Agnes Moorehead was a witches mother and she looked like one on Bewitched. But in this movie as in others from the fifties she proved to be a glorious actress. Rock Hudson plays the part of a young Millionaire with not a care in the world till his life is save at the expense of another?s. He then falls in love with the wife of the man who dies, and the only way to win her is losing his spoiled ways and obtaining a Magnificent Obsession. How can any film the Rock appear in be awarded anything less the 4 stars.
Candy coloured melodrama which at the end of the day is actually rather good!
I wouldn't call Magnificent Obsession Douglas Sirk's best movie but it's still good. Like any other Sirk movie, it's pungent with melodrama and you'll often ask yourself if people really talk like this, even in the 50s. But the exaggerated imagery (again, like any other Sirk movie) is so gorgeous you find its shortcomings easy to forgive.
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