The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Until the Olympics happen, the final chapters to these athletes' stories is missing. So we get the pain, but little of the gain.
Sprinting looks like a brutal business: runners pushing themselves to the limits of pain and endurance, day in day out, year in year out - only to win or lose by hundredths of a second.
What Personal Best lacks in fictional tales of love and friendship, it makes up for in real-life, gripping drama.
The portraits could have done with a little more intimacy and drama, but the richly ambient score and sound design, over brooding shots of London's tower blocks, knit it hypnotically together, and the photography's splendid.
How nice to see a pre-Olympics project so willing to cut through follow-your-dream guff.
Filmed over four years this documentary captures the blood, sweat and ceaseless commitment needed to compete at the highest levels of a sport.
At best this is strictly bronze medal material.
The film feels rather thrillingly like a work in progress: some of the people featured here will not make it in the end and, like mayflies, will have already had their moment come July.
If this were a 100 metre sprint, it'd go off with a bang, start ambling by the 50 metre mark, before finishing in near the back of the pack.
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