The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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The Last Face's noble intentions are nowhere near enough to carry a fundamentally misguided story that arguably demeans the demographic it wants to defend.
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"The Last Face" is the worst kind of good-intentioned noble failure, one that muddles its message because it tries too hard to tell it.
Rarely has a movie felt so simultaneously inane, stultifying and offensive.
Sean Penn turns African strife into a two-hour perfume commercial with The Last Face, veering between gauzy impressionism and shrieky melodrama with his latest directorial effort.
As well meaning as this movie is, it is also a turgid, muddled one.
Characters are undeveloped, dialogue is platitudinous and insincere, and even the leading roles are one-dimensional.
The Last Face spends so much time on the on-again, off-again romance between Bardem's Miguel and Theron's Wren, the African victims are all but nameless and faceless backdrops.
[A] tortuous misstep for director Sean Penn
A proselytizing, pretentious bore.
Penn's pompous indulgence is gruesome and gravely disappointing.
This romantic war drama -- Sean Penn's fifth feature film as director -- is an all-around dud. It's poorly shot and edited, crushingly heavy-handed, woefully misguided, and, to top it off, miserably long.
Oscar-winning actors can't save this movie, which muddles through a dismayingly impressionistic first half-hour, before settling into a standard star-crossed romance.
... an ill-conceived attempt to shine a light on human-rights atrocities featuring a tone-deaf perspective that tends to exploit victims of war and oppression in favor of glorifying their outsider rescuers.
The jumps in time prevent us from getting closer to its characters, and it is easy to understand why so many people hated this film when we see a cheesy love story between a white couple made more important than what there is to say about the horrors that happen in Africa.
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