The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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For those on the hunt for something agreeable, feature two acting legends, there are worse ways to spend 108 minutes. After all it's not every day one gets to see Katharine Hepburn man a Gatling gun.
A sort of controlled experiment in what happens when two completely incompatible movie stars occupy the same physical space.
A tired, formualic Western that reahashes elements of True Grit, John Wayne's Oscar-winning film, and The African Queen (Hepburn and Bogey), but it's the only teaming of the iconic Duke and Hepburn, so you may want to see it as a tribute to aging stars
Not much to crow about.
The star and main character of True Grit meets the star and character of The African Queen, and together, they pursue bad guys in the old west.
This film is problematic on several levels. First, I've never been a fan of Katharine Hepburn. Her voice sounds like a car that fails to turn over, and there isn't much variety - especially in this role - going on in her characters or how she embodies them. I know that Hepburn fans will bring up her classic roles in protest and say that I shouldn't blithely dismiss a so-called "screen legend," but I don't give a fuck. Here, she's annoying, and the film sympathizes with her character enough that I don't think the annoyance her character produces is always intentional.
Second, as in most westerns, Native Americans and women are portrayed in uniformly subservient terms. Yes, Hepburn's character is occasionally put in a position of power and strength, but she is also de-sexualized - beyond childbearing age and constantly spouting pious jibber jabber. And of course, there is a Native boy whose only dream is to be a Marshall, but he fears that his Native-ness will get in the way, ignorant that a part of his job would be to "civilize" the "savages."
Finally, the plot is basic and predictable. Eula and Rooster exchange barbs, and each gains a respect for the other in the end, and then bad guys are killed. Everything you thought would happen does. But what's at issue is the fact that we never think that either of the characters could be substantively changed by their interactions with each other. Rather, the dialogue becomes an exercise in vocalizing and characterization without real human interaction.
Overall, I think if you enjoyed the characters in African Queen and True Grit, then you might enjoy seeing them again, like meeting old friends, but don't expect much in the way of a real, character-driven story.
Kate and Duke are surprisingly well matched in this unexceptional western elevated by their presence.
A nice follow-up to the original True Grit, although it didn't feel quite as gritty. Rooster Cogburn as a character is a lot softer and more humane than he was he was in the first film, but the film is a lot of fun and, again, more akin to a road movie.
Even better than True Grit, John Wayne is even better when he's paired with Katharine Hepburn. It's so hilarious to see a drunkard and a missionary bicker, especially when they have such amazing chemistry. This has better flow and a better plot, reflecting more of a western than drama. This has some great "gritty" shots and almost feels like what the first should have been. There's nothing more fun than seeing John Waye take down the bad guys.
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