Mary Poppins Returns
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Despite the fact that picture runs 118 minutes, Frank Capra has expanded on the original play [by Joseph Kesselring] to a sufficient extent to maintain a steady, consistent pace.
The timing is abysmal throughout, turning fast pace into numbing frenzy.
Good macabre fun.
Dusty but gentle entertainment.
Today the stellar cast comes across as overacting, mugging into predictable pratfalls, blustering obtuseness and telegraphed laff lines.
Cary Grant et al are on sparkling form in this classic darkly twisted comedy.
The film was adapted from a successful stage play and it comes across as very theatrical on screen, but once you get past that, there's an enjoyable lunacy to the whole thing.
Cary Grant serial-killer comedy classic is cozy and tame.
Unable to conceal the film's theatrical origins, Capra misfires as a director and misguides Cary Garnt, who's too mannered, but the time, the combo of horror and comedy was new and the old ladies' gruseome hobby was shocking to audiences.
Charge! off to see this classic Capra screwballer.
has stood the test of time to remain as funny today as anything Hollywood is producing now.
While this madcap drawing room comedy rests on the shoulders of the ever charming mr. Grant, who does more doubletakes here than in any other feature he may have done, there is actually quite a lot to be said for the obvious fun being had by the heavies, Raymond massey and peter lorre, who chew scenery with the best of them and look as if they're restraining themselves from outright giggling during their scenes together. Rightfully one of the best of this genre.
While the first half hour is exceptionally hilarious (with Cary Grant displaying a perfect comic timing there), this madcap dark comedy soon resorts to irritating, over-the-top mass hysteria, with everyone yelling around without rest, killing what made it so funny in the beginning.
Way too theatrical for my taste. I couldn't stand watching it anymore, so I turned it off after watching the first hour.
A newlywed discovers that his aged aunts have been poisoning lonely bachelors as his brother returns with a body to hide.
This is a shallow but enjoyable farce. Cary Grant runs about and contorts his face in all the shapes required by the genre, and Josephine Hull and Jean Adair are delightful in their naivete. This isn't substantive comedy, but it's well-plotted and energetic.
Overall, I enjoyed Arsenic and Old Lace for its madcap fun as it's a decent way to while away a couple hours.
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