The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The human interaction, alas, remains hidebound: it's another of those scripts about a writer where the protagonist has been developed at everybody else's expense.
Passes muster strictly as a showcase for Hurt and Dance.
The film never feels truly worthy of Hurt's talents and doesn't utilise his abilities as well as it could have done.
Hurt is excellent.
Charles Savage's script is hampered by a weak, predictable storyline...There is the inevitable pleasure to be had in Hurt's charismatic presence, but Ralph is two-dimensional and we never get a real sense of his kinder side.
The context provided by Eric Styles's film (from a play by NJ Crisp) is pretty thin - the ailing codger reconnecting with his estranged son - but Hurt is engaging and a couple of scenes have punch.
The beauty of Hurt's complex performance is the helplessness in his eyes as his mouth spews its poisonous cruelty - he's a hostage to what used to be wit but now just feels like petty spite.
Stagey dialogue and workmanlike direction go against [Hurt].
It's more mawkish than melancholic.
Given the maudlin quality of the storyline, the filmmakers surely didn't need to include such a syrupy soundtrack.
It's a bit of a stiff, this ex-stage play transposed to a sunny villa somewhere in art movie land. But Sir John isn't: he's the life of the party and definitely its soul.
A modest affair, elevated by Hurt's commitment to the role.
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