Mary Poppins Returns
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Passably pleasant but thoroughly predictable.
A movie whose main virtue was its honesty ultimately lands in a place that feels canned and unsatisfying. But on the way there, Backwards isn't so bad.
The biggest problem ... is the characters who populate the film. For the most part, they're one-dimensional caricatures.
The neatness of the plotting becomes almost comical after a while. Construction is one thing; contrivance is another.
Although this modest indie may not make a huge splash, it just might inspire some hearty younger viewers - especially women - to grab a set of oars and find their bliss.
Hickernell soft-pedals the material into a blandly feel-good dramedy.
Backwards" is obvious at times, but what makes it stand out are the details that Thomas imbues in her character.
Corny and predictable, sure, but Backwards will appeal to a few junior oarswomen around Seattle.
Even James Van Der Beek, so natural as a high school athletic director that you can't help but wonder if he's actually spent time in that job, can't save this film from drowning.
Drama is bland but teaches girls about competitive rowing.
Likable in spurts but too safe by a long stroke, "Backwards" would be right at home as a cable movie airing on ABC Family.
Streamlines its busy set of plots into a 90-minute sprint, throughout which characters often confront and overcome their obstacles within the same scene.
Nice enough movie. Nothing too exciting...
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