The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This is mostly an unusual and imaginative, if overlong, love story.
Anger, rebellion, romance and despair are the keynotes of this freewheeling if self-conscious picture.
The small, sometimes confusing movie is a knowing homage to Jean-Luc Godard.
I'm Gonna Explode dramatizes even as it demonstrates the maxim that you can't go home again.
The title of the film promises something revolutionary, but all we get, aesthetically and thematically, are second-gen hand-me-downs.
The jazzy jump cuts and dissolves and cutesy imagery of the opening give way to long talks in a pup tent about what really bothers kids today.
Engrossing in parts, Naranjo does a decent job of transposing his source material.
It's a tad too long, but beguiling nonetheless.
Naranjo strikes a nice balance between recognising the couple's naivety and honouring their romanticism, but when, in the film's later stages, they leave the rooftop behind, the plot meanders.
This confused film has its moments, but they are fewer than its longueurs.
If ultimately little more than an extended riff on Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot Le Fou, the startling vistas, sexual awakenings and a storming soundtrack ensure it's never dull.
It wastes the breathless pacing and nihilistic promise of the gripping opening scenes by becoming mired in unfocused melodrama and cliché. Where the project excels, though, is in the intimate camerawork and naturalistic performances.
Even though it features some great dialogue, especially as Maru (María Deschamps) narrates, this darkly comic Mexican take on teen angst makes for a really dull, self-important film. I was a teenager too, not so long ago, but I really can't identify with the "issues" of the protagonists. They're not troubled souls, as the film desperately wants you to believe, they're just whiny and immature brats. Frankly, a whole movie about Román's (Juan Pablo de Santiago) parents, played by Daniel Giménez Cacho and Rebecca Jones, would have been much better. Their presence, along with the strikingly beautiful cinematography, are the only worthy aspects of this so-called drama. In the end, I was almost tired from rolling my eyes so much. And they criticize me for not believing in Mexican cinema...
The movie has all the elements to make a great story, it looks great and has some very beautiful moments of true honesty where you conncect in a fantastically painful way with its characters - the problem is that there aren't enough of those moments and most of the time the characters are actually quite fucking stupid and annoying.
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