The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Please Stand By hits a number of familiar coming-of-age beats, but adds just enough of a Trek-fueled twist to keep things interesting.
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Lewin can't quite transcend the inconsistencies and dwindling credibility of the concept or give the material a driving pulse, even with its race-to-the-deadline setup.
You can guess how most of its scenes will play before you even come to them, and it has a circumspect, sanitized quality, as if meant to be shown in group homes without causing undue upset.
Touches the viewer with the subtle emotional wallop of a feather brushing against the heart.
A sensitive character study whose story beats are a little bit overly familiar.
Lewin ... posits this as a whimsical road comedy, but I couldn't help questioning both the logic and the consistency.
Please Stand By deflates into a perfectly watchable but soft parable in which a can-do young American loses a battle, only to win the war of growing up, while the adults in the room confront their own unhelpful rigidities.
The movie functions well as a road film and a film about overcoming obstacles, however it almost telegraphs its ambition for awards. [Full Review in Spanish]
Dakota Fanning becomes the motor and heart of this road movie that, unfortunately, ends up taking the shortcuts of balsamic fiction. [Full Review in Spanish]
The director... has thought up a beautiful way of talking about our personality through the things we like. [Full review in Spanish]
... melodramatic contrivances compromise any genuine audience empathy for Wendy or her plight.
Given that Please Stand By's climax includes a speech about how important self-expression is and how cruel it is to dismiss it, it's difficult to be so critical....
From the start, Ben Lewin's film proves its worth with its quietly attentive and mostly authentic depiction of Wendy's condition, save for a few concessions it necessarily makes to its audience and its ninety-minute running time.
Dakota Fanning stars in the compelling character drama Please Stand By. The story follows a young autistic woman who writers a Star Trek script for a fan competition, but when she misses the mailing deadline she decides to make a trek to Los Angeles to submit her script to the Paramount studio in person. Fanning gives an incredibly good performance, and is backed by a strong supporting cast that including Alice Eve, Toni Collette, and Patton Oswalt. Additionally, the script is especially well-written; particularly in how it uses the Star Trek motif. And the soundtrack does an impressive job at setting a lighthearted yet earnest tone. Heartwarming and inspirational, Please Stand By is an entertaining film with a positive message.
Dakota Fanning gets her layup shot with the easy Hollywood trope of mental illness (nearly always Oscar material performances due to sympathy, see Rain Man), and does well as a woman who dreams of submitting her Star Trek script to Paramount Studios. It's a nice story without a lot of waxy yellow buildup, even if predictable.
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