The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This simple, repetetive tale has a mesmerizing quality able to hook audiences from beginning to end.
The plot seems expressly designed to placate the bureaucrats who banned Zhang's two previous films in China, but the quasi-documentary approach (involving scores of non-professional actors, hidden cameras and radio mikes) is brilliantly finessed.
"The Story of Qui Ju" reaffirms Zhang Yimou's stature as storyteller and sociologist extraordinaire, and as a visual artist of exceptional delicacy and insight.
It's hardly a threat to the antics of "Naked Gun" but it's a delicately wry take on the absurdities of bureaucratic life. It upends Zhang's resume wonderfully.
"The Story of Qiu Ju" has its bawdy pleasures, but it's far too litigious to be especially entertaining, and is at its best in its documentary mode.
This is the first film I have seen from China that has at once such documentary verisimilitude, such comic inventiveness, and such reflective strength.
For its glimpses into the quotidian realities of the huge, emerging superpower, this story proves worth watching, despite its obliqueness, its repetitiousness and the slowness of its perpetual voyages to the city and back again.
Utilizando a montagem de forma precisa para estabelecer o ritmo da vida de seus personagens, Yimou narra uma história bem-humorada e reveladora sobre a China contemporânea, sendo auxiliando por Gong Li em um de seus melhores desempenhos.
Sparks of genius already apparent.
One of Zhang Yimou's finest moments.
Mesmerizing Chinese film about a woman who is zealous for justice
This stunningly photographed film is also quite ironic, complete with an O. Henry-style twist at the end - but its reach is universal, as it says something about pride and respect.
Brilliant story, reminded me of some of the great Russian authors who gave us a glimpse into the hearts of peasants and how close-knit the communities are (and have to be). Zhang Yimou's execution was almost perfect--from the first scene he forces the audience to piece together the events, never patronizing us. Its documentary-like shots of everyday Chinese folk combines the realism of Chekhov with the comic absurdity of Gogol. Gong Li's energy was magnetic.
Another great and masterful tale from Zhang Yimou focusing on the simplicity and yet the complexity of everyday people and the challenges that they rise to.
Entirely too slow.
It was a really good movie. I enjoyed learning about the culture and seeing the determination of Qui Ju. She would not give up no matter what. It was inspiring.
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