Mary Poppins Returns
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The plot makes not a lick of sense, but the imagery is striking, and the adoration of Fellini's films comes through loud and clear.
The movie can shift unevenly from effusive love letter to travel lust to sentimental moment, but that doesn't break the fantasy.
However much its sentimentalized innocence stretches credulity, the overall production remains polished, and young dreamers who come across it in limited release may well embrace it.
Much like a Fellini film, we see humanity and life under unique lenses which just strengthen our own individual journeys and examinations of our own human condition and the idea of daring to dream. MAGNIFICO! BELLISIMO! MAGICO!
This sweet story that has been put to film shows the passion Cartwright found for the 1954 Fellini film "La Strada" that started a three-decade journey that resulted in the story of what it means to be deeply passionate about something.
In Search of Fellini is not trying to hide its source material and inspiration, or replace Fellini's works, it's simply adoring of his work, an in this regard, the film is in reverence of the rich and magical world that Fellini creates.
Never comes close to finding the "twee" that they were going for.
Whether his film is worthy of Fellini's image is in the eye of the beholder, but one gets the sense that if Il Mago still lived, he would approve, not only of Lexton's flattering homage but also his understanding of the magic of cinema.
Cinephiles should appreciate this nostalgic coming-of-age drama that finds its own modest niche while capturing the spirit of the legendary Italian filmmaker.
I love Fellini more than any other person in cinema. So I watched this movie with curiosity followed by the feeling of having coffee with a new friend who has just revealed to me that he loves something I love as much as I do. 5 stars for me, because I love Fellini. 4 stars for others who don't get it.
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