The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Opening with a bravura wedding sequence and ending with a sycophantic bow to a replaced telephone receiver, the film has its longueurs, but Mifune's buttoned-down avenger is a compelling portrait of righteous obsession foundering on unpredictable reality.
Kurosawa rather loaded the film on the side of social significance, while neglecting to capitalise on the noir aspects that underlie it. Even so, his use of the 'scope screen is masterly.
This is a powerful and interesting picture that Kurosawa has made -- a bit tedious and mawkish in the last reels, but exciting enough along the way to satisfy audiences that know the subject.
A well-done thriller with Kurosawa's usual social overtones.
Uneven thriller about taking down corporate criminals has great opening scene.
A powerful tale of a son seeking to avenge his father in a world of corporate malfeasance with Hamlet-like dimensions.
The Bad Sleep Well's ground-breaking concept shows Kurosawa's uncompromised ambition.
t is almost an anti-thriller, but viewers who are willing to steep themselves in the intricacies of Japanese ceremonies and the banal details of evil will find the experience highly rewarding.
One of Kurosawa's finest achievements.
There just seemed to be a missing ingredient to raise this intense psychological drama to the level of a Rashomon.
Despite having been made more than 45 years ago and in a postwar Japanese setting, in the age of Enron, it may be more relevant than ever.
A freestyle homage to Hamlet that does away with the costumed faithfulness of Kurosawa's other Shakespeare adaptations.
The Bad Sleep Well is one of Akira Kurosawa's more contemporary classics borrowing from film noir and Shakespeare respectively. Kurosawa's direction and storytelling skills areas always top shelf and its nice to know that a clean-shaven Toshiro Mifune was able to hold his own even without a top knot and a sword in hand. Plenty of great moments are slightly thrown off by some vaguely uneven pacing in the last act and an ending that left a little to be desired. This definitely isn't to say The Bad Sleep Well should be avoided, just probably not for the novice or intermediate Kurosawa enthusiast.
Akira Kurosawa's noir-ish tale of corporate evil and corruption. An exquisite adaptation of Hamlet that's both reverent and unnerving.
It takes a certain type person to enjoy a Criterion Collection movie, lets face it if Spiderman, Terminator, Or Lion King is your favorite movie, its very doubtful you will in enjoy a Criterion Collection movie. This one is no exception. A great movie but you must read subtitles and be willing to pay close attention. A great addition to a collection if you can afford it.
This is the first of Kurosawa's contemporary stories I have seen, and once again the visual style and composition is remarkable, melding his unique style with the shadowy world of Film Noir. The plot is a variation on the themes of Hamlet set in the corrupt underbelly of corporate Japan. Toshiro Mifune proves there is more to his repertoire than the lone warrior, and is just as much of a bad ass without a katana in his hand. Unfortunately I was struggling with some more dubious subtitling and so probably missed some of the nuances of the script, and the unrelentingly grey morality combined with a (deliberately) unsatisfying ending left me feeling a little disorientated. But there are some wonderful moments, particularly in the middle of the film when Mifune's motives become apparent and his plans come into effect. A beautifully made and unusual morality tale that could be described as "corporate noir"!
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