Mary Poppins Returns
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F.I.S.T. stands for nearly 2 1/2 hours of almost unmitigated boredom-a misfired would-be proletarian epic with Sylvester Stallone misplaying the Jimmy Hoffa part with a self-confidence that borders on the sublime.
F.I.S.T. is to the labor movement in the United States what All the King's Men was to an era in American politics.
Stallone's performance is a superb blend of stubborn-jawed gravity and ironic hamming.
F.I.S.T. is a big movie that benefits more from the accumulation of small, ordinary detail than from any particular wit or inspiration of vision. It's also played with great conviction by its huge cast.
F.I.S.T. is another in a long line of well-made films that excel in their particulars, even if they fall a little short as complete, complex pieces of cinema.
Stallone likes to depart from his customary muscle image from time to time. Often it fails, but sometimes he succeeds, as in this interesting (albeit somewhat flawed) drama of a Hoffa-like trade union leader.
So-so Sly Stallone as labor leader (like Hoffa). Diversion at best.
You'll most likely enjoy F.I.S.T. as much as I did: enough to casually recommend the thing, but not all that loudly or excitedly.
Stallone shows signs of greatness here. Jewison's direction is slick and steady.
It is well-trodden territory, with nothing exciting or enlightening offered.
When you read about the plot in this film and the run time it doesn't seem very appealing but I have to say I enjoyed it, The story isn't nothing new, A man starts a company needs help from the wrong people and traps himself in a corner but Stallones performance was brilliant maybe because he was fresh from his Oscar win from Rocky but he played a great part in keeping this movie from becoming stale, Won't be everyones cup of tea but I didn't think it would be mine and usually it's not but I got proved wrong yet again.
It's well made but lacking any narrative so it just lurches along.
Definetely a great Sylvester Stallone film. I don't know he just has that certain coolness factor about him. Rent this movie!!!
Rocky becomes a union leader, while Norman Jewison steals scenes directly from Frank Capra (It's a Wonderful Life) and Vittorio de Sica (Bicycle Thieves). Absolutely brutal.
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