Mary Poppins Returns
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Witty and provocative.
Witty and provocative.
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| Top Critics (17)
| Fresh (46)
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| DVD (4)
The let's-put-on-a-show energy can be intoxicating. But man, does it take a long time to achieve that high.
It is impossible to take the show seriously, as put together in Mr. Robbins's cliche-jammed version...
Robbins eschews leftist diatribes for a bold cartoon version of history. It's as crowded and energetic as a big parade.
Robbins has made the classic mistake of thinking that art that's persecuted for its political ideals must be good art.
Robbins is so convinced of his movie's political correctness that he couldn't see its lack of dramatic cohesion or luster.
A confused, unrefined agitprop movie.
While writer-director Tim Robbins uses this entertaining film to touch upon capitalism and class warfare, he's mainly interested in championing artistic expression.
Art and politics and ideals; mature.
Art and politics collide in Tim Robbins' ambitious but not entirely successful effort to recreate a unique moment in American culture circa 1937.
The movie's radical stance is that artists should get to do their art without being destroyed by mean rich people, and aren't we just wonderful for agreeing with that?
Bertolt Brecht is probably doing somersaults of joy in his grave or wherever his remains happen to be.
Cradle Will Rock is a far from perfect film, but it's never less than fascinating.
In a word: "Disgusting". Not only is this film radically Marxist (even the Depression-era unions and FDR are depicted as selling out the workers as they march toward revolution!), but it's the most anti-Semitic film I ever recall seeing from a modern Hollywood production. Although the film's central hero, Marc Blitzstein, was of Jewish heritage as a matter of historical fact, that aspect of his heritage is never mentioned. The only references to Jews in "Cradle Will Rock" are a few gratuitous (i.e., completely unnecessary) mentions of Jews as friends of the lucripetous, rich characters and as friends of fascists, and in the person of Sarandon's character -- a sycophantic Jewish woman enamored with Mussolini who helps plunder Italy's cultural heritage (literally for bags of American cash!) and who implores Diego Rivera to compromise his art and Marxist ideology for Rockefeller cash. The apparent suggestion in "Cradle Will Rock" that Jews were complicit in their own persecution in the 1930's for the sake of money is disgusting, morally repugnant and wholly unworthy of the talent involved in this project.
I am absolutely shocked and appalled at this film. Although I agree that the production values were better than average and the impressive all-star cast's acting was better than average (Caution: Sarandon's Italian accent and persona were of surprisingly low, street busking quality!), the film's radical Marxist and anti-Semitic messaging leave little option other than an extremely low score. Recommendation: Skip "Cradle Will Rock" unless you're a Marxist or neo-Nazi.
to slow and drawn out. well acted but tough going
Huge cast made it fun to watch, along with the 30's atmosphere. Yet another example of how John and Joan Cusack cannot be apart in movies (much to my dismay). I had no idea the 30's had so much anti communist attacks. A neat piece of history. I especially liked Diego's painting.
painful, self indulgent exercise in tedium
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