Mary Poppins Returns
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I didn't hate this movie at all, in fact its heart is definitely in the right place as this is a sweet story about an old prostitute and seeing her ups and downs, using historical Hong Kong events as the backdrop. Whether it be the stock market crash, the economy collapsing, etc. But, and this isn't a slight against the movie itself of course, as I am not from Hong Kong, the film will probably be a whole lot better to people who lived through the same events as Sandra Ng's character did. Perhaps it would resonate emotionally with them the way it didn't with me. And, again, this isn't a slight against the film itself. But the film is still pretty sweet and Sandra Ng does a great job at bringing a lot of heart and warmth to the character. It also helps that she is a very funny woman when she needs to be. Sandra simply adds a lot of likability to the character and she makes the film, in spite of its weaknesses, fun to sit through, even if I wouldn't say that it's a good movie. Another problem with the film is that isn't really all that funny, it has its funny scenes and moments but they're never really truly hilarious. The writing isn't great but, again, it is elevated by Sandra Ng's inspired performance. The movie also looks and feels like a low-budget affair but I can't complain about it too much, because I've seen low-budget films that were excellent. The problem doesn't lie in it feeling and looking low-budget, the problem lies in the quality of the dialogue and the lack of comedy. It isn't all bad, Sandra Ng does a great job in this film and it also has its funny and sweet moments. So while it's not perfect, there's still enough here to make this an average film at best.
It will make you a Sandra Ng fan, if you weren't already. Great Andy Lau cameo.
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