Mary Poppins Returns
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A tedious, precious fantasy about a boy faced with choosing between life and death -- an endless existence in limbo is actually more like it.
It could use a better title, although this awful one certainly captures the film's tedium.
A well-intentioned but unconvincing fable.
It would have made a much more powerful short than full-length movie.
It's all very whimsical and fluffy, but the bottom line is, who cares?
I was rooting for the motes.
one of the most original and imaginative children's films in a long time.
It's the dreariest children's story I've ever seen... gloomy, depressing, and way too long. Somebody get the Hoover - back to dust is where this movie needs to go.
It's actually just kind of stupid.
Comes across like an earnest after-school special disfigured by off-putting fantasy elements and bloated with self-indulgent touches.
When your main character goes off into a fantasy world where anything can happen and absolutely nothing does, that's unfortunate.
Two charming kids and the boy's grandfather spend time in limbo between life and death. It is a strange fantasy world that seems free of trouble except for a creepy circus, which is named the dust factory. The youngsters amidst falling for each other are forced to confront some philosophy about life and death, pleasure and pain. Some of it is thought-provoking. Many of the special effects suggest a fantasy world I've never seen before in a movie, but it is obvious the effects had a low budget. Artistically it seemed the writer/director thought they were being clever dealing with these deep issues, but I was uncomfortable with the death themed circus and many of the grandfather's lessons were nonsensical.
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