The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This accomplished essay film may focus on our state, but Stratman's real concern is state power in the larger sense...Connecting all this are sweeping aerial shots that capture the beauty of the plains without obscuring the blood spilled to claim them.
An absorbing celluloid meditation on geography and history.
Stratman often juxtaposes static, serene landscape footage with an increasingly agitated soundtrack, arriving at an odd consonance amid so much dissonance.
A meditation on history and landscape, it has the power both to soothe complicated feelings about America and to inflame them.
Thematically linked experimental documentary "suite" uses strong resonant images, with some re-enactments, to show how the land and prairie landscape don't forget the past.
Even more diverse than the film's historical material is its eccentric mash-up of styles and approaches.
It's rich with imaginative, suggestive raptures and ecstatic banalities (damp country roads, buildings ablaze, tornados, lazy waterways, snow-choked paths). Illinois dreams: mute landscape remains. It's strange history; ours.
It's not a documentary, and it's not really history, either; it's most like an essay, where the various threads and motifs gain meaning from being placed next to one another.
Though the cumulative effect of the so-called parables is intriguing, most of them aren't too impressive on their own.
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