Mary Poppins Returns
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A coming-of-age film that defies the trends and traps that have lately made that genre almost insufferable in American cinema.
It's a lived-in, unsentimental comedy about a community of smug but sympathetic intellectuals that, by film's end, becomes a little better-integrated.
"Breakfast With Curtis" is a convincing testament to the curative powers of midafternoon cocktails and ping pong, but it's not much else.
This low-budget feature is more a series of anecdotes than a fully-formed narrative.
As unkempt, free-floating and bucolic as that Providence, R.I., abode, Colella's tale of a lad's seminal summer will win hearts and minds at Anglo and Euro fests.
It's less Wes Anderson-quirky than Jane Campion-woolly. Try it.
Not quite seminal, but getting there.
A grown-up a bizarrely charming cinema experience.
Desultory, dauntingly DIY but secretly efficient, "Breakfast With Curtis" is something like a leafy summer afternoon in movie form.
Quite enjoyed this film, it's got a relaxed and understated style to its comedy that it will probably end up boring most people, even if the film is anything but. If you're not paying attention, which I think this film's style will lend itself to for the most impatient people in the audience, then you're definitely gonna miss most of the story. It's a coming-of-age film without all the trappings and cliches that come with the genre. It's quirky without beating you over the head with it, much like the previous film I reviewed. It's smart, again, without lording it over your head. It's also about the bad blood between Syd and Curtis' family and how that bad blood starts to dissolve as Curtis comes out of his very introverted shell due to his video project with Syd. Again, it's all very understated. They only ever really acknowledge the feud, explicitly, shortly before the film ends. But it works, it may be a little unassuming, but I think this narrative works. It's simple, but effective. This is a short review, but I don't really have much to say about this film but it's got a very relaxed and aloof tone. It's not every day you see this type of film, but I thought it was very good with a good cast and writing. I can't really complain too much about this film, good stuff here. Not for everyone though.
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