The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Refreshing emphasis on mood, setting, and acting to pave the way for familiar elements of teen fiction.
The Changeover is a bland adventure that feels like a missed opportunity.
Erana James is a star in the making while Timothy Spall is delightful as a throwback baddie.
If, in the end, the film's narrative fails to cohere, the journey getting there is at least enjoyably swift-paced.
Timothy Spall? When he bugs his eyes out and grins that viperous, British-dentistry grin, you know its time to hide the kids.
The tension is kept high throughout and James makes an impressive debut while Spall gives a nightmare-inducing performance as the sinister Carmody Braque.
This is an old story which has appealed to young readers in Australia and New Zealand for many decades, retold here with an urgency and poignancy of immediate relevance to viewers all over the world.
It's not as dynamic as the bond between siblings, but it does offer a gothic-fantasy love element that will keep tween girls engaged.
Despite a low budget, McKenzie and co-director Miranda Harcourt have managed to produce a film that looks terrific, if rather subdued and grey, and the performances across the board are excellent.
With top-notch sound design, music well-chosen for a teen audience and, most importantly, really sharp acting from all involved, The Changeover is a worthy addition to the cinematic YA genre which can proudly boast a local edge.
... The Changeover offers the rare sight of a fantasy that feels both distinctly Kiwi and contemporary and that's something to be celebrated and cherished.
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