Mary Poppins Returns
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Dated, yes. But it still catches in the throat. Nostalgic, loving, happy, sad.
Sam Wood's film version is as experimental and stylized as Thornton Wilder's play, one of the most enduring but also misunderstood plays in American history.
Pretty good, but did Wilder know Wood screwed up the ending?
today it seems quite dated in its theatrical clunkiness
In these days of "Make America Great Again" it's eye-opening to reflect that in 1940 Thornton Wilder won a Pulitzer ruminating on exactly the same premise (perhaps proving that society will always imagine that it's best days are behind it while incapable to see ahead). The good ol' days dwelt on herein are the turn-of-the-last-century. What's good about that, you may ask? Well, for one, a dog could sleep in the middle of Main Street all day and not be disturbed, the film suggests. An all star cast of character actors fill in the slots of homey, homespun, saccharine goodness while William Holden does his best shy and awkward.
Our Town is one of the best plays that I have seen executed on stage. Evidently, we weren't ready for a good screen adaptation in 1940. Despite the best efforts by William Holden, Thornton Wilder's original vision is lost.
What a sentimental, sappy, silly movie. You understand the ideas they're trying to convey almost half way through, but they keep beating you over the head with them anyway. This movie got on my nerves.
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