Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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Picture carries plenty of dramatic punch.
Uunevenly paced, mounts slowly to a sizzling prizefight sequence, which comes somewhere about the middle, then sags off to a long-drawn, agonized finish.
Litvak's careful poduction overcomes any flaws.
The heartwrenching tearjerker love story surfaces at the end as a winner by a narrow decision.
Cagney's marvellous performance almost saves the mawkish ending.
Ann Sheridan is on a quest for fame and fortune. Jimmy Cagney is on a quest for Ann Sheridan. A terrific little rags to riches to rags story replete with music and boxing and a dancing Anthony Quinn.
I love these old boxer movies, Cagney is perfect for this part too. I loved this movie it's really dramatic and exciting. I highly recommend it.
When you think of James Cagney, your thoughts might gravitate towards some of his movies like Public Enemy, White Heat or Yankee Doodle Dandy, right? You never hear anyone gush over City for Conquest. Reason being its a flat, dull and dragged out tale of slum kids following their dreams and blah blah blah. Cagney plays the likable tough guy, Ann Sheridan plays his (asshole) girl and Arthur Kennedy plays Cagney's kid brother. Oddest thing is that City for Conquest is the kind of movie that's right up my alley but it was so unengaging and drab that by the time the tragedy hit I didn't care. Seeing a young Anthony Quinn and Elia Kazan was kind of amusing but once Cagney's character goes blind (I didn't blow anything the synopsis above didn't so don't get mad for the lack of spoiler alert...) he's just really creepy. And the whole ageless bum thing was just dumb.
One for the sentimentalists -- like me : ) Almost an unhappy ending, but they manage to pull it out. One of Cagney's "softer" roles, demonstrating his versatility. Sheridan is okay as the love almost lost, but her energy level struggles to keep up with Cagney's. A wonderful supporting job by many, and especially so for Elia Kazan as Googie Zucco. Perhaps best of all is the remarkable soundtrack that is powerfully reminiscent of Gershwin.
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