The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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"Revival" is a proud statement by an ascendant society. But it demonstrates that mainstream Chinese cinema can be as guilty of self-indulgent overstatement as anything out of the West.
The highly-charged crowd scenes in which dissidents clash with authorities are staged with visual flair, conveying an exhilarating sense of self-empowerment which is the essence of revolution.
"Great Revival" is in many ways the very definition of propaganda - it even ends with an image of a waving flag - but "Revival" is too harmlessly flabby to be taken quite that seriously.
Perhaps the translation is at fault here, but why does the dialogue consistently do so little to flesh out the characters?
History of Chinese Communism drowns in data.
Epic with production values and a terrific ensemble cast, but often bland and emotionally hollow.
The technical accomplishment and narrative scope of this propagandistic telling of the origins of the Chinese Communist Party stand in contrast to plotting that is stodgy and characterizations that are thin and functionally sketched.
A muddled would-be epic of the Chinese Communist Party's founding, this all-star propaganda pageant plays like an incoherent lesson plan.
Boasting quite the big name cast in East Asian cinema is about the only thing great about "The Beginning of a Great Revival". Even though the content and message is blatant propaganda, this film will be of interest to huge history buffs that know their stuff. It quickly moves through historic events leading up to the founding of the Chinese Communist party, flashing names of important figures as they come and go on-screen, so if you have no background on the topic, it will be confusing.
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