The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It's a scenario that's milked (literally) for every drop of amusement.
A good deal soapier and ultimately less satisfying than De Sica's previous collaboration with Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, but it's still effectively heart-rending.
A film of surprising depth, with an excellent performance from Sophia Loren. I was really quite taken with the film, which is more drama than comedy, and about an unequal love affair between Loren and Marcello Mastroianni over a couple decades. Loren loves Mastroianni, but he sees their relationship more as a transaction: he gives her money, gets her out of prostitution, and gives her a place to stay; she gives him sex, keeps his house, runs his bakery, and takes care of his elderly mother. Meanwhile, he travels the world and sees other women. The tragic imbalance hits us right in the heart, and is heightened by Director Vittorio De Sica's storytelling, which is with a light touch, and uses flashbacks to gradually fill us in on the past, and just how unequal things are. Mastroianni is a bit of a villain here, but we hardly know it at the beginning, and De Sica lets the viewer connect the dots as the movie progresses. We can see the pain in Loren's face and read her mind, and often that's enough. The way the characters express themselves, the scenes in the streets of Naples - it all seems perfectly realistic, and a slice of life. The touches of comedy and lightness that are present balance out the story well. Better than 'Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow', and on a par with 'Two Women'. What an extraordinary interval of time this was for Loren and De Sica.
An Italian delight that finds an enviable balance between comedy and drama and never drops the ball, with Sophia Loren in a surprising performance lending a lot of complexity to a character that could have been easily made into a caricature - comedy- or melodrama-wise.
I loved this film and I absolutely love the chemistry between Mastroianni and Loren. The comedy is fantastic and the plot twists are an absolute delight.
It's hard not to like this Neapolitan trio! Mastroianni is delightful as a womanizer, yet once again unmanned by the indomitable Loren. Pure comedy, Italian style.
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