The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The working out of the parallels with Casablanca are masterly, and there are plenty of good sight gags and one-liners.
Maybe the movie has too much coherence, and the plot is too predictable; that's a weakness of films based on well-made Broadway plays. Still, that's hardly a serious complaint about something as funny as Play It Again, Sam."
Play It Again, Sam, is another demonstration of the comedian's self-obsessed, self-abusive humour. It is almost continuously funny in a brittle way. But the sour, allusive, intellectual witticisms begin to lose their pith
The cinephile's dilemma (i.e., the "watcher" versus the "doer"), with a nifty central gag
Vintage Woody Allen.
Apart from its fantastic elements, Woody's script of Sam finds a deft blend of the comic and romantic.
... an affable situation comedy focused on its characters and an extramarital romance that's no more tawdry than white wine served in a red-wine glass.
Stagey Woody Allen film with Humphrey Bogart spectre for laughs.
I was laughing so hard, it was difficult to breathe.
Anyone who has anguished over whether to put on Bartok or Oscar Peterson to impress visitors should check this one out . . .
It's not bad, but Woody is definitely better at directing himself.
Woody Allen in a film (based on his hit Broadway play) about a guy who loves film but cannot reconcile the differences between reel life and real life. His wife has just left him and he can't seem to get a break insofar as a new relationship goes, but he does get advice - from film - well, from the Bogart he wishes he were. By the end the whole piece seems merely a contrivance that allows Woody the opportunity to recite those iconic words from the end of Casablanca and little more than that.
A brilliant character study with annoying but loveable characters. At times slow, but overall very sweet, humble and affecting.
A neurotic film critic with an obsession with Bogart is divorced by his wife and so spends all of his time with friends who unsuccessfully try to set him up with a variety of women. A long, long time ago (we're talking geological time scales here), before he became a morally suspect and unbearably pretentious narcissist, Woody Allen was a very funny man. Play It Again, Sam is easily his most charming and funny film in my opinion, using the simple premise of a terminally self-conscious guy who has to come to terms with the ups and downs of the dating scene while comparing the celluloid image of "masculinity" with its realities. Its genuinely witty script is full of really nicely observed comedy and very funny one liners and makes me wonder how it all went wrong. I really enjoyed this film and considering my personal loathing of the man, that's quite a statement.
A great little Woody Allen gem. While a little over the top in some scenes, Allen displays an uncanny knack for physical humor. Not only did this movie provide some really hearty laughs, but it also gives us a glimpse into the powerful chemistry that Keaton & Allen have on screen and would utilize in future pictures. It also works as a beautiful love letter to film, an idea he would explore further in his own film The Purple Rose of Cairo. It is funny, affectionate, and an absolute joy to experience.
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