The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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"Second Coming" is very much a festival film (or stage play, or short film, or experimental TV film) with an amazing premise, brilliant cast, but which gives nothing away.
The premise is pregnant with promise, but the conception is far from immaculate.
A mysterious and intimate fable in the guise of gritty social realism, simply and powerfully acted.
An impressive slice-of-life drama that's tinged with unease and strangeness
Tucker Green certainly isn't shy about testing her audience's patience, and while she can sometimes get a bit too enamored with her own moody, elliptical atmospherics, there's clearly a unique imagination at work here ...
A fine cast, led by Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba, fleshes out the screenplay's bare, jutting bones, even if Second Coming always seems like a better prospect on paper than onscreen.
We see a family at its best and at its worst, with the grumpy mealtime silences and the playful banter. Much of this is down to the first-rate performances from Elba and Marshall.
In a highly nuanced central performance, Marshall is both engaging and evasive, perfectly matching the fluid tone of Tucker Green's enigmatic urban parable.
Leaves no doubt that its central supernatural event is 100% real, yet it makes absolutely no case for it whatsoever, and refuses to even engage with it.
The pace will be too slow for some but, still, if you make it to the end, you'll come away chuffed.
Heralds the emergence of a major new filmmaking talent in Debbie Tucker Green.
Overall this is a British film of rare ambition and imagination, which builds to a final image of heart-stopping grace.
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