Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, 2019 - ★★½

Saw an early screening of this follow-up to the AWESOME original Lego Movie and I have to say I was a little disappointed. The movie isn't bad, but it just doesn't feel very fresh after experiencing the original and the Lego Batman movie. We have most of the same characters and voices with the addition of Tiffany Haddish as an evil queen.

The script by Lord and Miller is solid, and there are some good jokes and gags sprinkled throughout but overall it just feels a bit lazy and tired. Not as inventive and engaging as the animated Spider-Man film I saw last month. Worth a watch, but certainly no one needs to rush out to a theater to see it.

In what is surely an analogy to the current political climate, this film proclaims what I feel about Lego Movie 2: Everything's NOT Awesome.

Friday, January 25, 2019

Glass, 2019 - ★★★★

M Night is not at the top of his game but he is still an accomplished filmmaker and has made a solid conclusion to a comic book trilogy with Glass. There first half of the film is show and plodding but things wake up when the super trio of Bruce Willis (David Dunn), James McAvoy (The Beast) and Samuel L Jackson (Mr. Glass) plan their escape from a psychiatric hospital. Night explores some awesome and unique camera angles during the escape and follow-on battle. He still had that great visual eye as a director. The star of this film once again is McAvoy who goes bananas playing 24 different personalities and actually improves upon his Split performance. It's also nice to see Spencer Treat Clark again playing the role of Bruce Willis' son which ties in well to clips from Unbreakable that Night mixes in.