The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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There is no clearly-defined story; the film's logic is that of the subconscious, its images those of the Gothic fairytale and the psychiatrist's couch, and its overall effect is stunning.
A born director like Mr. Jires can be forgiven a lopsided beauty that still commands full attention.
If you aren't too anxious about decoding what all this means, you're likely to be entranced.
Moments of pure and frightening clarity, mixed with images that can't be reconciled with any kind of reality. These dreams don't offer coherence, but rather a strong, deep feeling that can take hours to shake.
Like the best fairy tales, "Valerie" is voluptuously suggestive, a bit dangerous, and perfectly legible on its own subterranean terms.
Viewers willing to just accept Valerie's beautiful surrealism will probably feel their time was better rewarded than those who will need to have it all figured out.
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders enjoys a richly deserved place in the international canon of timeless coming-of-age stories.
Lovely to look at, there is some social satire, but this works mainly on a level of myth and magic.
The persistent idiosyncracy of vision -- saturated colours, dramatic angles and deep shots framed by intervening branches and cobwebs -- fashion a little world that is fully realised within its own terms and will haunt many a viewer.
A confounding surreal dream-like film.
A sensuous, often suspenseful fable saturated with shades of Sigmund Freud, Lewis Carroll and the Marquis de Sade, the horror comes in the form of actual, traditional fanged vampires who can shape-shift and cause all kinds of deadly mischief.
This confounding, carnivalesque coming-of-age fantasy is as beguiling as it is beautiful, as subversive as it is strange.
The symbolism is a bit too obvious and calculated, with not much room for subtlety and being a tad sloppy towards the end, but this impressive film relies on an efficient surreal atmosphere like Alice in Wonderland in a Czech sociopolitical context.
Well that was... interesting. I'm still not sure what to make of this movie. Valerie goes through a series of insanity from one day to the next. There are carnivals, weddings, her gradmother's death, her vampire cousin, her weird brother, and that priest/monster/devil guy. I really didn't know what to make of the end. Not bad, exactly, but it's a whirlwind of interesting crazy stuff going on.
On the day she gets her period, a young girl's life turns into a strange dream of lusty priests and vampire infestations. This surreal fairy tale exploring juvenile fears of predatory adults and the scary world of sex was a late bloomer in the Czech New Wave, but stands as one of the most fascinating relics of the movement.
While fascinating in the visual sense, the film as a whole was a bit too convoluted even for my tastes.
While I'm perfectly capable of enjoying a film as simply a beautifully bizarre spectacle...this one was JUST whimsical enough that I longed for a bit more cohesion in the story. A sort of "fractured fairy tale" if you will.
Not for everyone, but for those who enjoy bizarre and visually intriguing films...it will be a treat.
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