The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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| Fresh (21)
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| DVD (6)
Glimcher's movie knows how to let down its hair and live for the night.
A spirited evocation of the mambo craze which swept post-war America, adapted from Oscar Hijuelos' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
It's as if there were a terrible telephone connection between the film's vivid sound track and its tepid romantic melodrama, to which the music is supposed to give style and substance.
"The Mambo Kings" is so pumped up with life it threatens to burst. It's beautifully filmed and flashily edited. It pulsates with rhythmic ecstasy. It throbs, it sweats, it pounds, it undulates.
A corny, eye-filling concoction of sound and strife, it recalls the heyday of a dance craze with the Technicolor splash of a 1950s musical.
In some ways this story is as old as the movies, but "The Mambo Kings" is so filled with energy, passion and heedless vitality that it seems new, anyway.
It is always maddening watching musical 'geniuses' in the cinema when their visibly incompetent efforts bear no relation to what you hear.
HOT! HOT! HOT!
Fun, flashy musical with Banderas in early role.
Terrific music and a boatload of high energy can't quite compensate for a thin plot and weak characterizations....
Another award worthy performance by Armand Assante that wasn't recognized. And a great song.
Armand Assante gives the most robust and impressive performance of his career as Cesar, a musician whose lust for life affects all those around him.
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