The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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You get a strong whiff of what it must have been like to be Johnny Cash, or his exasperated manager, from this film. It would make a good companion piece to "Walk the Line.
It's good that Holiff wants to unlock this puzzle, but Cash is so compelling a figure that he is ultimately the only character we truly care about.
This has the potential to be dreadfully maudlin stuff, but the film is too damn interesting to be maudlin.
Here these men are but ciphers; we want understanding, but we get only suggestion.
Despite the clunky mix of narrative formats, "My Father and the Man in Black" makes for an illuminating alternate history of sorts to the Hollywoodized version of Cash's ascendancy in "Walk the Line."
Partly transcends its inherent self-indulgence.
It's certainly a more enlightening look than any big-budget Hollywood biopic could offer.
A strong story without the reconstructions. . . son/director could have trusted the powerful audio-visual material. . . instead of overplaying the reenactments and narration.
My Father And The Man In Black is partly a biography of Saul Holiff, partly an account of Jonathan Holiff's relationship with his dad, and never particularly successful as either.
In-the-family documentaries are often more emotionally rewarding for their makers than their viewers.
This film is rather like BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?, but with altogether too many scenes re-enacted by lookalikes.
Plays like a non-fiction Walk the Line with script input by Eugene O'Neill.
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