The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Acutely perceptive and mournful character study.
Hong has a grace and stealth of his own, and his scenes tend to tilt in directions that few of us would dare to predict.
Hong Sangsoo's character development and, similarly, relationship progression never develop beyond the slam-bang aspects of romance.
If [viewers] stick around, however, they might find themselves becoming fans of the cerebral South Korean auteur.
Basically, it's an elegant jeu, played and constructed with an almost Gallic lightness heightened by Jeong Yong-jin's bursts of music, all bouncy piano and pizzicato.
Hong may experiment with story flow and import, but he's nothing if not focused on Korean twentysomethings and their untethered life path of power-boozing, disconnection, and romantic failure.
The simple structure, unwinding over roughly 36 hours, unassumingly encompasses a lifetime of disappointment and inescapable male foolishness. It's quite a rich, absorbing spectacle.
Hong sticks to lengthy, static shots, but still somehow manages a heartbreaking grace.
Brace yourself for several extended, sexually-explicit scenes which would qualify as soft porn. Rebels in heat looking for release, not for love or a relationship.
Isn't terrible. but it doesn't linger well in the memory.
has an elliptical rhythm to it that's extremely reminiscent of French romantic films
... elliptical portrait of bored, womanizing men in contemporary South Korea crippled by a lack of ambition and simple human compassion.
[font=Century Gothic]"Woman is the Future of Man" starts with Hyeon-gon(Tae-woo Kim) arriving back in Korea from America where he was attending film school, first meeting up with an old pal, Mun-ho(Ji-tae Yu), who has since gotten married, had a kid, and in general done pretty well for himself. Before they go to visit Seon-hwa(Hyeon-a Seong), an ex-girlfriend of Hyeon-gon's, they get blind, stinking drunk at a restaurant and recall old times...[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Woman is the Future of Man" is an intriguing but talky and derivative movie that has nothing really profound to say on the subject of relations between men and women which is expressed best in one particular scene. At the restaurant, both men proposition a waitress. Mun-ho asks her to pose nude for a painting. Hyeon-gon asks her to act in a movie he is putting together. This is supposedly indicative of both men's history of relationships. Mun-ho has casual affairs compared to Hyeon-gon's more sensitive approach.(Seon-hwa and him broke up because they used to argue all of the time.) But men are more complex than just two simple types. For example, most men would not proposition a waitress, no matter how drunk they were, if not out of politeness, than remembering that it is best never to mess with one who serves you food.[/font]
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