Mary Poppins Returns
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A surprising little charmer, overcoming the rough edges of its low-budget origins with sharp writing and a genuinely sweet sensibility.
The Annie Hall homage Burning Annie is a thoroughly professional comedy, well paced, attractively photographed and smartly acted.
Burning Annie has funny moments, but it suffers from an overflow of characters.
Pic relies on nerdy world-weary irony to carry the day, but doesn't convincingly draw its characters.
Ordynans's exceptionally canny script nails how thoroughly pop culture has colonized our sentiments, and the necessity of those little emotional revolutions required to overthrow its reign.
Burning Annie very much is a dissection and reworking of the arcs and lessons of Annie Hall, clever and introspective.
For all the shallowly witty banter, Max and company are even less interesting than Annie and Alvy.
The movie has its moments of comedic brilliance -- just not quite enough of them.
If you're gonna reference Annie Hall throughout your movie, or even worse, claim that your main love interest is "the modern incarnation of Annie Hall" in your badly-written Netflix DVD sleeve synopsis, you better go balls-to-the-wall with that homage. I want a nightclub-singing, lobster-flinging, tennis racket-swinging ditz who wears ties and vests, dammit!!! I would rather think you copied Annie Hall than you co-opted a few of its philosophies because you think (erroneously) that they define you as a human being.
The filmmakers seemed to have good intentions. They're young and fresh-faced and pretty decent actors for the most part. The script isn't even that bad, if they had just taken out the ham-handed attempt at Woody Allen worship. There are some funny, neurotic quips that fit into a nice, college rom-dramedy, but - and this may be ageist of me - these characters are too young/immature/inexperienced to "get" Annie Hall.
I also couldn't get past the fact that the lead male looks just like Nick Jonas.
And the Virginia Tech windshield decal. Weird.
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