Ralph Breaks the Internet
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Jalali has constructed a true comic gem elevated by a deep sense of poignancy.
The characters' anxious wait for the superstars to arrive provides Jalali with enough tension to sustain his succession of low-key, character-oriented gags.
"Radio Dreams" is a quintessentially American story.
Director and scriptwriter Babak Jalali cleverly uses the station's ramshackle, microbudget operations to highlight the humanity on both sides of the struggle between art and commerce (it's almost like a wrestling match...)
The quirky setups, oddball interactions and erratic conflicts ... provide ample doses of amusement and provocation to keep things afloat.
An example of both the compelling passion and polarizing fallibility that can arise when a director works primarily from the heart.
Babak Jalali's dramedy is an affirmation of the trans-cultural aspect of art, but also notes the irresolvable sadness when one no longer resides in the homeland that once fed one's soul.
The laid-back spirits of Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders, and Christopher Guest inform Radio Dreams, which follows an amusing batch of characters on a slow journey of (semi-) self-discovery.
Well worth tuning in for.
Not much happens in Babak Jalali's Radio Dreams, but that's all right. This is a comedy of gentle chaos; you just sort of coast along with it, smiling and occasionally chuckling.
Jalali has created something beautiful from not much in this low budget, sometimes whimsical, sometimes moving day in the life. These uncomfortable moments lead us to a better understanding of people with whom we have no common cultural lexicon.
The uneven but amusing script celebrates the unifying powers of art and culture while layering such observations with sociopolitical context.
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