The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Takes some of Hollywood's grandest silk purses and makes a bunch of sow's ears.
A spangled hodgepodge, conjured up for the benefit of Powell-Pressburger and Ken Russell
Uneven anthology with some great Minnelli musical numbers.
Though not one of Minnelli (or MGM's) best musicals, this pastice is worth seeing for the dancing of Astarire and Kelly (the first and only time), Fanny Brice's shtick, and Judy Garland satirizing Greer Garson
...an elaborate showcase for the exceptional musical and comedy talents of MGM's biggest stars, with no messy story line or characterizations getting in the way.
Some of the performances are standouts, but just as many are utter duds.
Technically it's magnificent overkill, from Minnelli's swooping crane shots to the turning, floating 'Hello Dali!' carnival-wedding-cake scenic design to the intense Technicolor that burned holes in retinas.
Large-scale musical with hit or miss tunes
As it says in the movie, "Ziegfeld never cared so much about villains, plot, stories. The Ziegfeld Follies was itself a story of an era". So, while it doesn't offer anything in terms of narrative, this is a priceless document that gathers some of the biggest stars of the 40's, luminaries who have become celluloid icons. Sadly, the real star power (Judy Garland, Gene Kelly) appears too late into the picture, after an hour and a half of random musical numbers, dance sequences and comedic skits. So much style and so little substance does get tiresome after a while and, while the film's visually dazzling, it's also unbearably campy and over-the-top. Of course it didn't seem that way 60 years ago, but some bits are incredibly racist and/or offensive. See only for Garland's "The Great Lady Has An Interview" number and the amazing pairing of two of dance's biggest legends, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in "The Babbitt And The Bromide". Then again, you could watch those two clips on YouTube and save yourself the boredom.
This movie doesn't exactly have a story, it's more of a showcase of song and dance numbers starring many great actors. A nice picture of the Ziegfeld Follies.
watch the musical numbers, skip the rest
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