Mary Poppins Returns
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The relationships of the women with their men and boys gives Gas, Food, Lodging its twists and turns, but its ultimate message is female bonding.
One of the major achievements of Anders' impressive debut is that it touches all the right issues of contemporary working class women without ever being stridently anti-male.
The down-to-earth quality and the earnest performances by Ione Skye and Fairuza Balk as small town sisters ground the film.
The story of this fractured family has a ring of authenticity, but lacks the hands of an artist to shape it into something more profound and affecting.
"an original look at familiar material"
This is an old favourite of mine. I upgraded from VHS to DVD quite some time ago, but never quite got around to rewatching it until now. What can I say? This is one of those rare movies that I think I enjoyed more over time rather than think it is not as good, or like it as a nostalgia piece.
This is for sure one of Fairuza Balk's best roles - she is an actress I think could have gone a long way, I am surprised she wasn't more successful. She is perfect here as Shade, living in a caravan park with her mother and her troubled older sister, Trudi (Ione Skye - also a good role for her).
I think the good thing about rewatching it now is that I can identify now with all three of the women, rather than just the daughters. These are very well written women characters, and this film has a lot of depth.
Donovan Leitch is also excellent here as Darius, and also the guy who plays Javier (I am unsure who he is). The rest of the men don't fare so well here, but this really is a movie for and about woman. Highly recommend it and have changed my original score of 4 to 5!
Can't remember it too clearly as it has been a few years but I remember liking both Brooke Adams and Ione Skye.
Excellent indie outing with some outstanding performances.
A great movie!
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