Mary Poppins Returns
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Early scenes prove an exception to most of this genre du jour's tired rules, which makes it especially disappointing when the third act does little more than reinforce them.
A nature-meets-nightmare tale that unfortunately gets lost in its own thicket of tricks.
It's creepy, it has great acting, a unique storyline, and it is the kind of film you can discuss with people long after it's over and still find new things to talk about.
Quite the head trip. To say much more would spoil the fun.
It all gets very artsy and weird in Act III (and I watched it twice) but hey, I'll take a bit of cerebral effort over just a bunch of door-slamming and bloodletting.
There's a shred of an interesting idea in Mr. Jones, but the film is far too unfocused, sloppy, and downright dull to leave any kind of impact.
No matter how creative its frames, Mr. Jones is [...] just an unimpressive stack of sticks and skulls.
An imperfect horror film, but it's worth a look for its atmosphere, and valiant attempts at supernatural and meta-storytelling.
That it half succeeds, in spite of its cloying self-seriousness, means that it's at best a convincing copycat of a definitive expression of ego and influence in art.
In attempting to experiment with horror tropes and the found-footage format, director Karl Mueller tries too hard and walks away with a muddled, drastically uneven hodgepodge.
I don't expect this to be a long review. Not a half bad idea for a horror film, honestly. A couple moves out to a remote cabin in order for their relationship to regain its spark. While there, they discover a reclusive artist known as Mr. Jones, known for his strange sculptures that have been sent out to various people across the years. So this couple, realizing that they've found this infamous artist, decide to make a documentary on him and the sculptures he created and the supposed supernatural effect the people that have received these sculptures have suffered through. Of course, this being a 'horror' movie, at least it's being framed as such, things start getting strange as the film progresses as the couples finds investigates Mr. Jones and to attempt and uncover the mystery behind the sculptures, they then find themselves in an increasingly dreamlike and nightmarish world that they simply cannot escape. It all sounds perfectly fine, I know, but there's just something about the execution of the film that feels so incredibly self-indulgent. And I suppose every self-indulgence is a part of every artistic endeavor, if you're both writing and directing in this case, but there's something different about this movie. It feels show-off-y, like Karl Mueller is pretty much begging the world to look at him as a director with potential. And I'm not saying that there isn't potential here, because the film started out interestingly enough. But it just became muddled by a contrived and nonsensical third act. Like I can understand what the film is trying to do about Mr. Jones being the protector of the area the cabin is in and trying to keep the dream world and the real world from merging into one, but I just don't think it's that well done or interesting. Again, it just feels like a convoluted and contrived mess. The acting is pretty decent and the framing of the shots is more interesting that your typical found footage horror film. The climax itself, visually, is also pretty cool and surreal actually, but it's not like the film really comes together that well in spite of its interesting concepts. I wouldn't say it's awful, I just don't think it's that good of a movie, despite giving off the appearance that it is. It's just an absolute mess when you get right down to it. I wouldn't recommend it, unless you've watched every horror movie on Netflix. And even then, I wouldn't recommend it.
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