Mary Poppins Returns
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There's little fun in being asked to identify with yet another female character who spends her running time being shamed like a dog who soiled the rug.
Sweet, teen-friendly rom-com borders on the cliched.
Sub-lousy hackneyed crapola all the way, a complete disaster, one of the year's worst movies.
The film is hinged on unapologetic formula, looking to enchant the viewer through the act of repetition, but the writing isn't smart enough to wipe the dust off the plot.
mono pragma poy se boithaei na pernas tin ora soy, to na metras poses gkrimatses prolabainei na kanei o anyparktos Colin Firth, hlapakiazontas kanapedakia
Words almost fail me after watching this terrible romantic comedy from Griffin Dunne which is perilously described as a "sort of Carole Lombard screwball comedy". Would that it were.
Sadly, as Thurman dithers between her two suitors - one a fiery free spirit, the other as wet as an otter's pocket - her decisions become ever more baffling. Even her sparky performance fails to fire the rather soggy finale.
A plot of insufferable silliness contrives to keep the lovers on tenterhooks and the audience in a permanent cringe, none of it helped by Thurman's thoroughly phony performance.
This ludicrous effort is more catastrophe than accident.
This week we learned that 99% of Sun readers want a return to capital punishment. I learned that 100% of me wants it for 100% of people involved in this romcom.
The prognosis: a total emotional block.
Limp, transparently plotted flight fodder.
Another one under the category of okay to have on in the background. Nothing more. Possibly a little worse than the average rom com.
No wonder why the rating is so low :|
A badly produced, horribly clichéd, sadly dreary romantic comedy starring Uma Thurman in another role that feels oh so awkward on the supernova, and hunks Colin Firth and Jeffery Dean Morgan. The bulk of romantic comedies aren't anything to write home about, but sometimes they work, especially when they're well plotted or the concept is something genuinely not so absurd, like in When Harry Met Sally and Return to Me. What we have here is another story about a repressed blonde with a penchant for not falling in love until, low and behold, Jeffery Dean Morgan shows up in a madcap venture to sweep the bubbly beauty off her high heeled feet. Because of Firth (and solely because of Firth) I gave this critical and commercial failure a look over and was just as disappointed as you would expect from an Uma Thurman romantic comedy. (Other such failures have included My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Prime.) The soundtrack was really exceptional, but that dreadful score sounded like a cheap template off Microsoft's website. It just felt half assed and cheesy, like a Goldie Hawn movie from the sixties, except more production value and none of the charm of a ditzy blonde. Just, not, worth anything.
This romantic comedy is based on a rather fresh, even if unrealistic idea: taking revenge on the radio show host who ruined your marriage by making her your wife through hacking the according papers. That makes for plenty of confusion and wonderfully embarrassing encounters, or could, if the movie dared to go there and be a little more mean. Fact is, Thurman and Morgan's character get along so well right from the start that there isn't even much conflict going on, more a running around with the paper work. There are some decent scenes making use of the potential, but overall there is just too much harmony. Uma Thurman also just doesn't seem to be in her preferred genre with this comedy, her acting is quite over the top and doesn't hold up to her rather charming male counter parts. The result is not boring but kind of arbitrary at times, trying to add quirky scenes, like the cake tasting or the Indian Bar Mitzwa, that feel forced and random. Could have been a lot better with a spicier script.
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