Mary Poppins Returns
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Pleasant but forgettable, it's destined to end up as little more than a minor footnote on Pine's megastar CV.
It's not preachy or weepy. Instead, it's a lively yet meaningful romantic comedy that doesn't lose sight of its central mission: to entertain.
The chemistry between Leeza and Danny is the only saving grace of this messy film. It's almost as if the writers couldn't stand to just watch them sweetly fall in love.
Blind Dating also manages to be an incredibly muddled 95 minutes in which emotions are replaced by aggressive music cues to force the viewer to care for characters that are paper thin at best.
The whole thing ends with a jolly multicultural dance montage so gruesome that temporary blindness would be a blessed relief.
The standard of acting and directing is at a very low ebb.
While Pine is superb in the lead role, almost everything else fails to convince in this vastly uneven, unfunny and only sporadically dramatic enterprise.
Small wonder this hard-to-swallow cocktail of bawdy comedy, cross-cultural romance and issue-of-the-week melodrama was left on the shelf for three years. The marketing people can't have had a clue what to do with it.
This is harmless, breezy fluff.
It's Pine that keeps the whole thing afloat, and he manages, astonishingly, to make even the clunkiest, cheesiest lines work, almost transforming the film's chocolate-box sentiments into something honest.
An uneven mixture of crude high jinks and sweet romance, this just about makes the grade thanks to its breezy geniality and Pine's charismatic performance as Danny.
Blind Dating is a flawed but essentially likeable romantic comedy that succeeds thanks to a charming performance by rising star Chris Pine.
If it weren't for Chris Pine's natural charm, this movie probably wouldn't have been half as good. I'm not usually a fan of romantic comedies, but I found that I really liked this one, for its main character as well as those around him. I really sympathized with Danny's desire to be independant and find love, and his blindness wasn't so much a physical handicap for him as it was a social handicap that influenced other people's treatment of him. There is also a parallel storyline of Danny volunteering to undergo experimental surgery that could potentiall grant him limited vision, but it takes a backseat to the romance story. The humour in this one is genuinely funny without being mean-spirited, and he ending, while unorthodox is both happy and satusfying.
I really wish I could say this wasn't cheesy or lame, but it really is for the most part. The only redeeming quality is Chris Pine's really great performance. No one must have told him how dumb and ridiculous it was going to be because his character is really well developed and realistic. Now for a straight-to-video movie it's not the worst, but it just has all those stereotypical quirky moments that have long since been considered cute or even amusing.
Nothing special about this movie, really I mean that... Chris Pine act's was sucks, he played a blind man who wasn't like a blind man... Even he walking as a straight man... It is true that some scenes made me laugh, but the whole movie just not that good... Just watch it in your spare time...
It's hysterically funny and interesting ideas that could have been explored in this comedy-drama movie - one is a blind young man, interested in a serious relationship and wanting to have sex with meaning and how he goes about pursing that relationship and what happens along the way. Chris Pine deserves some better roles, to see what he can actually make with something more complex and intelligent. The support actors are quite good in fact and I especially liked Jane Seymour's performance.
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