The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The filmmaking is sure-handed, the performances authentic.
Wilson and Wilde have a light touch that makes them perfect for the comedies they often make. Here, Morano leads them to much darker places, and they plunge right in.
A film with two very strong central performances from a pair of underrated actors that falters by being so self-aware of the tortured existence it's attempting to capture.
Reed Morano, an accomplished cinematographer making her directorial debut, does a fine job hewing to her uncoiling characters like a shroud, and her actors are up to the task.
The setup is a scriptwriting gimme - if your central couple lose a child, practically any subsequent behavior is justifiable - but the actors sell what they're given quite effectively.
The leads make unbearable pain bearable to watch - Wilson is the sympathetic everyman once again, while Wilde displays depths of feeling she's rarely gotten the chance to exhibit before.
This story is every parent's nightmare, yet [director Reed] Morano makes the world of Meadowland look like a dream.
...an intriguing if somewhat unmemorable piece of work (albeit one that boasts a series of impressive performances).
A solid effort.
As we dive deeper into the abyss of loss, the story strays from its grounded realism and becomes too contrived to fully convey its intended emotion.
"Meadowland" is raw and almost unbearable, but its quest to understand the stages of grief is powerfully rendered with a great degree of authenticity.
Meadowland features Olivia Wilde's most mesmerizing performance to date, but is too overwrought to be truly memorable.
Olivia Wilde is superb as a wife dealing with the loss of a child. This shows the very real downward spiral that deep trauma can cause. It also deals with how it can tear a family apart and lead the to question their own morals to find who they really are.
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