Mary Poppins Returns
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Reveals the essence of marital love more brutally than many confrontational melodramas.
A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies.
It's sophisticated and funny, adroitly put together for the most part.
Elaine May's directorial debut still makes for cherishable comedy viewing precisely because she eschewed the modish flash her former cabaret partner Mike Nichols brought to his movie-making.
The movie being shown at the Music Hall is so nutty and so funny, so happily reminiscent of the screwball comedies people aren't supposed to be able to make any more, I'm quite satisfied to let things stand.
One of the funniest movies of our unfunny age.
A New Leaf that represents the more miraculous achievement in wresting from domestic torment a plausibly happy ending. Or rather, an ending that is realistic about the compromises required to be happy.
Director Elaine May belongs to that list of otherwise male creative geniuses who naturally clash with the commercial system, including Erich Von Stroheim, Orson Welles, and Otto Preminger.
This character study should not be as funny as it is.
In some ways a throwback to the screwball comedies of the 1930s, A NEW LEAF often recalls several of them in its satire, inventiveness and wit.
A Manhattan fairy tale with a wonderfully mordant edge.
A New Leaf is a special film from a special filmmaker.
The ending is a bit hard to buy (which is a flaw that should be attributed to the producer who re-cut the film against Elaine May's wishes), but still this is a refreshing and extremely funny comedy that benefits from an excellent script and Matthau's hilarious performance.
Its a shame we never have and probably never will see May's original three hour cut because as wonderfully weird and funny as the current version is, the film's energy does fizzle out towards the end. Perhaps with the darker subplots restored this could change, but since that is unlikely I'll take the sweet, oddball romantic comedy we got instead.
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