The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Spare Parts is effective enough to do in a pinch for inspirational sports drama fans - although most of them will have seen these story beats hit more powerfully before.
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Though based on a Wired magazine story, this sticks closely to the formulas of inspirational-teacher and sports-team dramas; distinguishing it from the pack is the fact that all four students who formed the club were undocumented.
Sequences and scenes end unceremoniously, everyone in the movie seems to know each other's backstory before they're properly introduced, and mild jokes land with uncertainty.
Spare Parts tries too hard to be a based-on-a-true-story, feel-good, crowd-pleasing, triumph-of-the-underdogs movie.
While the appropriately titled "Spare Parts" might feel like it has been assembled from bits and pieces of other inspirational movies, that doesn't mean the fact-based drama is any less effective ...
This blatantly big-hearted product isn't half as vibrant as the original 2005 Wired article on which it's based, and myopically neglects to address Arizona's troubling anti-immigration legislation through even a splash of hindsight.
Despite its clunkier elements, Matsueda's screenplay is alert to details that ground the film in the day-to-day lives of young people who are American in every way but technically.
The movie sometimes seems almost like an abridgment of or commercial for itself. But Lopez sneaks his humor in gently, remaining a faithful servant of the story and its hopeful message.
An effective, family-friendly film with a message that provides a valuable introduction to the issues surrounding immigration reform for the next generation of voters.
The underwater robots almost make up for a lackluster and predictable ending. [full review in Spanish]
McNamara's direction, his portrayal of the characters and their lives' circumstances is very superficial.[full review in Spanish]
A feel-good movie that would have felt even better with a shorter running time, "Spare Parts" is nonetheless an inspirational story that will warm your heart by film's end. It's far from perfect, but worth seeing.
The movie benefits from an air of earnest goodwill and well-turned performances.
Based on a true story. This tells the tale of a group of Hispanic students who are shunned as no hopers and how they conquer robotics against the likes of MIT. Superb performances with genuine heart and emotion. I loved it.
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