Mary Poppins Returns
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A genial, whimsical, fantasy film about the true meaning of Christmas.
It sometimes happens in film that how the thing gets done and comes together is better than the planned intent. Herein is a case for the opposite. It goes all over the map thematically when it intends to be the sort of pre-WW11 Christmas tale Hollywood churned out quite regularly, losing focus, and your interest, when holding it was the aim. Fortunately it is staffed by a cadre of seasoned professional character actors who share the lead (and the rationale to see this) who do not lose focus and carry the piece home. Chief amongst them: the ever radiant Maria Oupenskaya as the female glue in a household of grumpy, dissenting old men.
Yes, you'll groan at some of the obvious manipulations thrown at you, but the craft of these vets maintaining a lesser product is still worthwhile.
For a film about pureness of heart the film has a lot of dark edges. Enjoyable performances from three very good character actors, Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith and Charles Winninger.
I thought this was a really good movie. It's sweet and shows how you can come back after losing your way.
Film 18 is an awesome 1940 Black and White Film that I never heard of until I rented it blindly. Its about 3 Millionaires who really have nothing to do on Christmas eve so they put ten dollars in wallets and throw them out the window onto a NY City Street to see if there is honest people in the world, 1 wallet is returned by a Texan, The Other by a young female from VT, they put this couple together, and then the 3 Millionaires are killed in a plane crash and they come back to help the couple. A great Christmas Story. 4 1/2 stars
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