The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Deftly balancing humor and grief, "The Bachelors" is fueled by wonderfully human performances and fully realized characters.
Voelker excels at guiding the cast through some complicated emotional territory and maintains strong arcs for each of the principal characters.
A perfect example of those light American indie dramas that fancy themselves as sophisticated, but in fact have far less value than a good blockbuster.
There's a corny metaphor about cross-country running and the catharsis that comes from pushing through the pain of loss, but strong central performances mean that this is still moving stuff.
Writer/director Kurt Voelker proves that novelty isn't everything in this deceptively affecting study of male grief.
Desperately struggling to shake off the coming-of-age genre straitjacket, The Bachelors promises early on to be something different.
The main recommendation here is another nuanced and affecting performance from JK Simmons, one of the best character actors in contemporary American cinema.
A sunny, laidback story of grief and healing that makes a few genial points before retreating into sentimental contrivance.
The story is predictable, but Simmons' tighty whities and Delpy's fish impressions compensate.
The Bachelors is a scarcity of a film, one that transcends several genres to create an affecting orotundity through its singular voice.
The emotional authenticity is compromised by familiarity and contrived catharsis.
And the characters might have been one-dimensional, defined by their loss and presented as helpless, but they're not. They have realistic strengths and weaknesses.
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