The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The sheer honesty of his storytelling bringing a sold-out crowd to a hush, his manner of digging humor out of the trauma eliciting peals of laughter.
Annihilation is courageous most as evidence of a master comedian choosing to continue to think, even when thought is the enemy.
There aren't many stand-up comics with the courage to take audiences into the depths of some dark emotions and and still bring them back laughing.
It's a beautiful tonal balancing act for an artist to even attempt an anecdote that both makes you laugh and cry, but Oswalt does it simply by being a talented, natural speaker.
Annihilation isn't a call for sympathy, it's a plea for empathy.
Through Annihilation, Oswalt finds catharsis. As he remembers his late wife's philosophy and shares it with us: "It's chaos. Be kind."
To watch [Patton Oswalt] wrestle boldly with the emotions of that experience and the aftermath of it, while still finding those pockets of joy and strange humor, is affirming and beautiful.
Annihilation is a heart-wrenching examination of loss, of stability, and of attempting to simply keep everything together when your whole world is falling apart.
"It's chaos, be kind" is how Oswalt closes the special, a perfect motto for both this highly specific story and whoever might be listening. It's not exactly revolutionary, but that's what makes it so profound.
Oswalt's strength is storytelling and here he weaves in and out of bits about DNA testing, witnessing a fight, and robocalls to give the special some levity.
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