The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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It'll be easy for some to dismiss this as a familiar story told all too coolly, but look closer and you'll see it has a raging heart.
As exceptional as the acting in the picture is, and it is wonderful ... it can't entirely lift the movie from the rut it has all but plowed into by the end credits.
The desert landscapes are gorgeously shot by Yves Cape, but "Two Men in Town" never seems to fully inhabit its setting. Nor does the schematic, occasionally clumsy story do justice to the skills of the cast.
The setting is striking, the cast impressive. But "Two Men in Town," a drama that's built on dread and circles the question of redemption for a newly released prisoner, falls short of the mythic territory it aspires to.
The movie's melancholic, atmospheric tone, coupled with a muted performance from Whitaker, offers a new way into the material.
Even if the accents are questionable or inconsistent, there's still a sense of place and geography that's rare in contemporary American film. This is the county-sized world of a parolee, where everything seems small except the horizon.
Two Men in Town is a dusty, sun bleached saunter through redemption.
You have to get your enjoyment in bits and pieces, from the mood and the landscape and the performances.
Erratic and confounding in its fractured storytelling, Rachid Bouchareb's first foray into filmmaking in the U.S., 'Two Men in Town,' is a mixed bag.
Frustratingly close to something very special indeed. If only it had a screenplay to match the visuals and performances, we'd be talking about a small classic.
Eventually fails to live up to its initial promise, but as an overview of human frailty, it contains several powerful scenes that allow the cast room to articulate complex emotions in an honest manner.
While this puzzling remake can sometimes shudder tonally, Forest Whitaker plays smooth and true throughout.
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