The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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[A] heartwarming if conventional portrait of four refugee Syrian families navigating new lives in Baltimore.
Moves no needles cinematically or politically, but makes a heartening call for open-armed empathy in an America still guarded on that front.
Even with this remarkable degree of access ... the film still lacks a distinct sense of drama.
This Is Home's creators, a team of mostly women, have wrought an intimate story of the four families and their new American lives, a story which gives essential attention to the larger implications of the Syrian refugee crisis.
Shiva, in this quiet, thoughtful film, has given us a gift in laying bare the extremity of their transition. The more she illuminates the nuances, the better we see.
Given the current climate on the subject of immigration, it remains pertinent and perhaps even necessary.
Shiva, intimately ensconced with her subjects, reminds us that we are all one species, no matter our differences. Home, thy name is humanity.
Where it could do more to work inside its characters' heads, it pulls back.
It is Shiva's lightness of touch that sells the film. Just as she lets the politics of the situation show through by examining their impact, her unobtrusive, observational style also helps the families feel free to recount their stories of trauma.
"This Is Home" is no "City of Ghosts" or "Last Men In Aleppo," it is unlikely to cause the seismic quake required to shake the apathy from the masses, but it is a much-needed reminder that a journey never quite ends when you think it does.
Compelling human drama - as well as political commentary that is searing without ever having to soapbox.
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