Mary Poppins Returns
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The apocalyptic vision of the heartland created by Sutton and his cast (based on the novel by Frank Bill) is impressively convincing, even if the themes are often overstated and the film itself is very hard to watch.
If Sutton's aim is to give these people a voice, he has not only failed, but he has gone further and reduced them to inchoate caricatures.
A repellent mixture of Malick-like dreaminess, Scorsese-esque brutality and the lurid shock/schlock of William Faulkner in Sanctuary mode.
Dark [and] bruise-inducingly poetic...
How do you manage to make [this] premise - which I was happily on board with until the first 10 minutes dragged by - as boring as this is?
Donnybrook is a powerful film that throws punches and pulls none.
A better script could have used that to develop its characters, or, heck, to do anything interesting at all, but instead the movie fills 90 minutes with one-dimensional characters and a meditation on the hopelessness of living.
Bleak misery porn... Compelling, visceral... Has an appealing somberness to it.
This is a dark film that digs deep into the cavernous depths of humanity to find some of its key personalities and envision their abysmal actions.
Sutton's skill is making you care for these characters and keeping you rooting for them to find some redemption. But then he punishes you for such hopes, all to get across a blunt and hollow message.
The world's gone to hell and Tim Sutton's film crafts a devastating howl.
It's a pulpy slab of exploitation masquerading as an important treatise on the struggles faced by the working class in rural America, thumping us in the face with its shallow viewpoint until we beg for mercy. Or at least the credits.
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