Mary Poppins Returns
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A sporadically funny, somewhat contrived comedy.
Although it's not a bad comedy by our current depressed standards, it has the dickens of a time trying to pass off Gary Cooper as a multi-marrying millionaire.
Ernst Lubitsch seems to be resting on his cliches in this atypically inelegant 1938 comedy.
The text (also done as silent), co-scripted by Billy Wilder, seems ideal for the Lubitsch touch, and yet the tone is incongruous and overall the film is disappointing.
Lubitsch's classicism gets continually cracked by the unruliness of the screwball genre and by the caustic thrust of the Billy Wilder-Charles Brackett screenplay
Wilders and Brackett's screenplay has some laughs, and Lubitsch knows how to get the most out of the least, but this movie was a mistake to make in the first place.
Fluffy, but fun and worth watching for the great Horton as Colbert's financially embarrassed father.
The players are charming but the whimsy falls rather flat in this wannabe souffle. Claudette's wardrobe is amazing especially in the beginning when she is supposed to be penniless and is dressed to the teeth in satins and silks.Certainly entertaining but not quite what you expect from Lubitsch.
This movie has an star cast, but it's not all it could be. It starts out average, gets funnier, and then gets average again. It is a slightly different story than usual, though, so it is worth watching.
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