This sequel is even more technically dazzling and visually arresting but not quite as surehandedly diverting and winning as its predecessor.
After a promising start and relatively absorbing buildup, the franchise reverts to form and the urban destruction special effects once again become the tail that wags the reptile.
Its themes of love, lust, adultery, and murder are woven so organically into Emile Zola’s source material that they still pack the power to grab and move us.
‘Liberal Arts’ is a distinctive and original film that majors in maturity and manhood, romance and regret.
It’s agreeable, it’s pleasant, and it’s relaxed. Real relaxed.
Because we wander in the dark with the trapped central character and see what she sees, we feel what she feels.