The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It takes a while to get into its stride, but this filmed record of Suggs's autobiographical stage show in London's Hoxton Hall is amiable, fluent and often intriguing.
This film is one for those fans not looking for an investigation or warts-and-all portrait of a subject, and will please those who are happy to hear some fun anecdotes and stories of the good old days.
The co-director Julien Temple (The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle) provides the archive footage and animated inserts, but for better and for worse the film is all Suggs.
Temple uses dramatisations and archive footage to add visual breadth, but keeps Suggs' charisma front and centre. It's surprisingly intimate and effortlessly charming.
If Suggs's anecdotes are not quite as entertaining as he thinks they are, it hardly matters, such is the disarmingly raffish charm of the delivery.
It's a slightly stiff routine -- he (Suggs) doesn't have the knack of making scripted lines sound unscripted -- but it's likeable, and some of the anecdotes are reminders of just how many ardent fans Madness have.
It's an eccentric, wildly entertaining and very inventive affair which combines live performance and music hall references with documentary elements.
Funny, sharp and well-told.
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