Mary Poppins Returns
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Very nearly classic Peter Greenaway.
It's typical Greenaway - overly long, peacockingly erudite, eye-catchingly grotesque, perpetually mischievous, and gleefully up itself.
Naturally, the scenes all deal with sex and depravity, but the levels of pretension are laughable and the whole thing ends up looking like an old Pet Shop Boys video.
Characteristically provocative in its subject matter and abundantly inventive in its visual ornamentation.
All the director's familiar trademarks are present and correct: the extensive nudity, richly detailed compositions, sweeping tracking shots and minimalist score.
All a good excuse for Greenaway to indulge his strengths (painterly tableaux and theological art-history) and weaknesses (boobs and willies), and all a long way from his '80s heyday.
Much of the writing is witty and erudite, and as flamboyant as the visuals. It's just a pity that the film droops markedly as it goes on.
No one else could have made this film - a fascinating and somewhat heart-sinking realisation.
The sense of jeopardy in the action (not to mention equal-opportunities nudity) rescues it from the purely academic.
Peter Greenaway offers subversive interpretations of Bible stories, with painfully arch and alienating results.
Peter Greenaway is at it again, fabricating baroque art on a tiny budget, and making satirical points about the very establishment that has little time for his voice any more.
A wonderful blast of thinking showmanship from Peter Greenaway.
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