Mary Poppins Returns
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An unbelievably trashy meltdown of the tartan warrior franchise.
Lambert is as uncharismatic as ever, while Van Peebles is as frightening as a wrestler in mock angry mood, and just as ridiculous.
How could an action-adventure film that cost $34 million, most of which clearly went into pyrotechnics, computerized special effects and scenic locations, end up looking cheap, silly and lifeless?
As for Van Peebles, he's quite the ridiculous sight and sound.
Mostly the film morphs into a block of dullness.
Lame, but in a good way.
This has got to be the worst franchise every created.
There should have been only one!
How tough could it be to make a "Highlander" that makes sense?
One of those uninspired films that gave sequels such a bad name.
They definitely don't come any worse than this.
This is the end of the Highlander series, they say. Not an eon too soon.
Ignoring the events of "Highlander 2," this film picks up 9 yrs after the first. We find MacLeod living with his adoptive son in Morocco and satisfied that he is the last immortal and has the coveted "Prize." Soon he receives a cognition that more immortals are alive (revived from "death" by an archaeological dig) and packs for NYC for a duel with the evil sorcerer immortal Kane.
Made while the TV show was at its peak, this film benefits from the influence of its narrative and production style that had been refined over the years. Most of the characters and their relationships (especially the love interests) are thin and underdeveloped. The movie relies heavily on nostalgia for the 1st film for the impact of its emotional scenes. It also mirrors it's story to the point of being a near remake. The police hunt subplot simply drops out of the picture near the end and the villains are too silly to be threatening. The special f/x are enjoyable but underused (Kane barely uses his illusions during fights.)
Still, the deja vu, and pretension and trickery themes are well handled (though not explored as much as they could have been). Lambert is as appropriately melancholy and good humored as in previous entries, Van Peeples is clearly having fun with his deliciously devilish over the top performance exploiting every villainous cliché in the book, Unger is soild in her role and quite beautiful (even more so in the obligatory sex scene, of course), and Mako's dignified presence is, of course, a welcome addition to the "Highlander" saga. The special f/x were good for its time and are still fairly impressive today.
Overall, a competent production and a mildly entertaining, if rehashed, film with some interesting ideas that were not fully realized. This is the best of the sequels
The third entry in the series has no discernible plot and suffers greatly from the absence of Sean Connery as the Highlander's mentor.
We go back to the original premise but it takes on a new level of "What the..."
Another feeble sequel to Highlander that again ignores it's own rules. Tries to recapture the magic of the original, and fails miserably.
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