The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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A predictable but enjoyable romantic comedy.
William Powell is delightful, Jean Harlow is warm and vulnerable, Rosalind Russell is charming, and even Franchot Tone, who plays a millionaire playboy who jilts Russell for Harlow without truly knowing his own mind, is witty. The dialog, particularly in the first half of the movie, is light and amusing, and there are a couple of nice musical numbers. It gets a little fast paced and soap operatic towards the end, but it's always entertaining. This is the film that got Powell and Harlow together personally for the last two years of her life, and their chemistry shows. The early scene with them lounging together and him proposing in his own way as she drowses off is fantastic, and Powell's scenes with the old granny are also priceless. It's also fun to see a young Mickey Rooney in a couple of scenes. Not perfect but watch this one for the cast and their performances.
Even with big stars and an expensive production with songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein this is a minor film reworking of the Libby Holman tragedy. Powell is fine but in the background as is Roz in an early film where she is still in her grand lady phase. Jean does what she can in a part that for which she is hopeless ill suited. She does fine in the dramatic portions and is snappy at the beginning but she was no singer and is obviously dubbed. As a dancer well...she was a fine comedienne.
A film that starts off as a musical/comedy and ends up more of a drama. Ned (Powell) and Mona (Harlow) are lifetime friends who are sort of a couple, but Ned won't commit. A suave millionaire, played by Franchot Tone, sweeps her away and marries her; but the marriage is doomed due to the disapproval of his high society family. Tone, who does an excellent job playing the unhappy, rich, playboy Harrison, ends of killing himself. This is where the drama starts. Mona, who is pregnant, ends up being shunned for suspected murder of Harrison. The climatic conclusion really is a tearjerker. Powell and Harlow both are so incredible in their final scenes. I've never seen a Powell performance quite like this. He also does really well with Rabson, playing granny, as they are quite fun and play off each other well. Yes, the movie switches gear from being somewhat lighthearted to melodramatic, but it just makes it feel more life-like. Apparently, this was inspired by a true story.
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