Mary Poppins Returns
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Mac is admirable, but too rarely inspiring or entertaining.
Like his role model Cassavetes, Turturro, paying tribute to his carpenter father, expresses as much affection for the craft of the actor as for the craft of the blue-collar laborer-hero who takes tremendous pride in his work and class.
...Turturro does a fantastic job of establishing this blue-collar world...
An intense consideration of work, a subject that is routinely given short-shrift by most American filmmakers.
Much of the film's narrative is muddled and disjointed.
A blue-collar New Yorker forms a construction business with his brothers.
John Turturro is a gifted actor, and in this film he shows himself a capable director. There are some flashy moments of meaningless close-ups, but most of his shots are framed well, and the actors all deliver strong performances.
The story highlights the plights of the working class, and though my political sympathies rest with Turturro's, the film's plot becomes a muddle of cliches, and it's easy to figure where the film is heading before it gets there.
Overall, Mac is not a horrible film, and working class people can identify with its characters, but ultimately the story isn't very strong.
I have an affection for this film, but there are still parts that bother me. The entire cast does a great job. Michael Baladucco gives an amazing performance and John Turturro is fantastic. The only character I hated and thought was completely useless was Ellen Barkin's character and even though I saw the idea behind it, I really could of done without her being in the movie. There are some genius scenes that I connected with on a lot of levels. The ideals behind the movie are ones that I thought were very interesting and there were some things I wish I could have seen more of. You can tell that Turturro took some great ideas from some directors that he had worked with, the only problem being that he has Spike Lee's taste for letting certain things play out too long. Again, really well acted and shot well, but the tacked on ending really kills me (although I liked the dialogue).
A nice little indie film.
The kind of movie one would expect directed by an actor. Great performances by the whole cast in a touching, dramatic story.
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