The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Self-delusion is the principal subject of this short, acerbic comedy by Nathan Silver.
Flashbacks and fantasies, plus wry inserts of film clips and complex overlaps of art and life, adorn-for that matter, overwhelm-the story, which is built on flimsy psychological clichés amid the implacable imperatives of desire and disease.
The energetically crafted, well-acted movie about characters one would go to considerable extremes to avoid in real life is turning into a veritable indie micro-genre.
The punchlines are dark and the tone is caustic, but its central concern is a classic one: what we see in other people and how we would like to see ourselves.
Unfortunately, as with so many of Silver's films, the endless self-absorption of the characters on display quickly wears thin.
The offhanded, piercing quality of the comedy within the viper's nest of romantic roundelays suggests a cruel Alan Rudolph, and that's more than enough for me.
The Great Pretenders fails at every genre it pretends to be.
The Great Pretender manages to illustrate the irrefutable truth that life and romance is messy, but also quite entertaining.
This film is a beautiful and beguiling art object.
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