Mary Poppins Returns
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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A relentless stylishness unifies the film, extending from the hard bright lights of upscale Taipei all the way to the sleaziest junkyard of rural Japan, where the action unfolds.
The maverick director Sabu has made a hitman fable that's like Charlie Chaplin meets Takeshi Miike. The weird thing is, it works.
[Chang Chen] does this more with attitudes and gestures than words - his Long is not a talker, to put it mildly. Nonetheless, he has a charisma that carries the film through its nothing-much-happening longueurs.
The trick Sabu pulls off is flipping Mr. Long from a Takashi Miike-like thriller to a Tampopo-like comedy and then back again: it's a seamless, stylish, protean genre mash-up full of surprises.
As if Johnnie To suddenly decides to pay homage to Nancy Meyers.
The film shifts so continually and so unpredictably between bleakness and whimsy, between the sugared and the sordid, that it's very hard for viewers to stay invested in the fiction, still less in the characters.
A surprising film that finds an enviable balance between whimsical comedy and heartbreaking tragedy, making us laugh and cry in nearly equal doses while gradually pulling us in with its wide emotional scope and a magnetic central performance by Chen Chang.
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