Mary Poppins Returns
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The film offers no message, no solutions, only a great time at the movies.
Director Alan Parker's story of a band of young Dubliners playing American '60s soul is fresh, well-executed and original.
This is probably Alan Parker's best film, in part because it's one of his most modest.
Foul-mouthed, fast-talking and very funny, this is Parker's best to date.
Mr. Parker is capable of whipping a series of quick, well-edited snippets into a happy collage of musical high spirits.
Parker keeps going for the glitz. He may have shot The Commitments in Ireland, but his soul never left Hollywood.
It is fun, warm, moving, lively -- an altogether enjoyable film.
Joyous '90s musical-drama has lots of profanity.
Memorable, lingering in one's mind after it has ended. Perhaps, in the end, it's a tad wiser than it initially lets on.
It's a relaxed, colorful creation, remaining true to rascally human behaviors while respecting the unifying power of music. Downright irresistible.
Does a remarkable job of balancing a feel of lower-class life with the sheer exuberance the music brings.
This typically slick but largely enjoyable Alan Parker offering is the story of the rise and demise of a young Irish soul band.
That dude has some pipes
"We skipped the light fandango turned cartwheels 'cross the floor. I was feeling kinda seasick but the crowd called out for more" I'm still in awe by how clever was the use of that enigmatic line, it not only comes from one of my favourite songs, but works as a dignified compendium of a short-lived but magical trainwreck that the characters, and the public, can only watch passing by with a smile.
Quotable dialogue, riotous moments and genuine musical passion throughout. A gem once voted, deservedly, as the best irish film of all time.
A story documenting the rise and fall of the band The Commitments. With enjoyable vocals and those well known songs, this film makes for an easy watching tongue in cheek piece.
In a seperate issue, I can't help thinking this discredits the film ONCE ever so slightly I had thought their performances were really good, I hadn't known Glen Hansard had already appeared in this film.
In the tradition of Waking Ned Devine and The Full Monty, this is a delightful, optimistic ensemble piece from across the pond. While there are few conflicts in between the characters, the main conflict that drives the film forward is understated - people wanting to succeed in an world that doesn't assent.
There is little in the way of comedy, "littler" in the way of drama, and too many musical sequences for my taste, but it's hard to fault the movie for any of these things. Suffice to say that I mildly enjoyed the experience of watching this film, and there's little to complain about.
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