Mary Poppins Returns
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Despite game perfs from a well-known cast, weak scripting and sketchy character development leave too many holes to ultimately convince or compel.
A sombre film, Bitter and Twisted is not Friday night entertainment, but rather a poignant look at grief and its ramifications.
A much more appropriate title for this snoozefest would be Slow & Pointless.
It's a miracle when an untracked English-language film arrives on the scene -- and a special joy when said movie is smashing.
Infidelity, unrequited love and eating disorders fill these griefstricken stories, which start well but never really take flight.
Bitter & Twisted is a winning combination of glowing hope and battering despair.
Noni Hazelhurst and Steve Rodgers are very good, but there really is only so much moping one can stand.
It's a film that demands that you slow your own pulse rate and surrender to its melancholy rhythms. As with so many young Australian filmmakers, Weekes isn't interested in having his characters sparkle.
A film fuelled by emotions, this impressive debut by Christopher Weeks canvasses the heartfelt, tender, angry, frustrated and confused feelings of a family reeling by the impact of loss.
Exceptional performances from the entire cast - and a giant one from Noni Hazlehurst - help make this a riveting film, as they conjure up real characters for us who act and feel in sometimes self-destructive ways %u2013 recognizably human, recognizably us
Very surprised by the negative reviews on this. I actually thought it was a really good little Australian slice of life film.
I found a lot of this really rang true, very relatable. It's not exactly a feel good film as it is about a family who have been through a trauma with the death of their adult son. The father is eating himself to death and unhappy at work as a really bad car salesman. The mother is feeling her age and like her life is over. I found her character especially good. Their other son is chasing around the girlfriend of his dead brother, who is meanwhile involved with an older married man - you get the idea! Not a happy group of people.
Recommended if you don't need a movie that is all happy and not true to life. Personally I liked this a lot.
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