Mary Poppins Returns
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The theme is brilliantly and imaginatively explored, and the acting is potent.
Asks probing questions about one's identity.
The age of masks -- who wears what?
By the time the movie is over you'll want to rush to a mirror to spend a few minutes staring at yourself.
masks the uneasy rebirth of a nation behind its story of personal transformation
I watched Hiroshi Teshigahara's The Face of Another and read about it and thought about it, yet ultimately failed to connect with it.
This is a film that crawls around inside your head long after the credits have rolled and the lights have come back on. A person could spend hours analyzing and dissecting the symbolism and social commentary.
what a brilliant film. entrenched in philosophy, the dialogue in the film and the films entire concept were incredibly profound and thought provoking. nakadai put in a great performance as always and the images produced through some great cinematography were perfect for creating just the right feel for the subject matter. a phenomenal film.
A man with a burned face teeters on the brink of madness, torturing himself and his wife with his daily obsessions over appearance and how people are looking at him. He goes to his psychiatrist friend who also happens to be an expert in prosthetics, and is given a lifelike mask to wear, only so the Doctor can observe and study his reaction to the mask. Soon, the man has an entirely new outlook on life, but the doctor wonders if it's the man or the mask that's living this way. There's quite a surrealistic element to this film, especially with the subplot involving a disfigured girl, suicides, and Nagasaki. Unfortunately, these surrealistic elements tend to sidetrack the main narrative rather than enhance it. And while the direction is sometimes amazing, it just as often gets lost in poor editing decisions. There are scenes that have no business being in the movie or being as long as they are, and it slows the story down to a halt. I'm also not quite sure what conclusion the film intends to lead me to. I'm not sure the filmmakers knew what conclusion they were leading me to either. Having said this, I can't deny the film has a certain charisma that draws you in, and the performances by the lead actors are really quite good. In any event, I'd trade a thousand Hannah Montana films for just one film like this. A for effort.
A highly stylized, psychologically dense, and provocative analysis on identity, persona, freedom, and intimacy. The film asks, "If no one knew who you were, what kind of mischief would you get into?" What would happen to society if we were all anonymous?
A must see for lovers of film and art in general to experience for its' cinematic eye, the surrealistic descent into the mind of a man conflicted about his own identity, the horror and sci-fi themes and its' highly effective score and performances.
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