Mary Poppins Returns
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Needs to be put out of its misery -- and yours.
So laughably preposterous that it's thoroughly entertaining.
A dubious script that detonates into a full-blown disaster midway through.
Has everything you want from a good bad movie: overheated drama, overripe performances, arch characters and fruity dialogue.
Pits a substantial actor like Mary McDonnell, playing a New York madam, against a bogus story that crossbreeds noirish affectations and romantic comedy into an unpalatable mush that suggests strawberry ice cream slathered with beer.
Constantly at odds with itself -- torn between urban realism and musical fantasy, suggestive glances and frank sexuality, fashionable cynicism and old-fashioned happy endings.
There's not a frame of truth in it.
Hruska's bloodless little fairy tale is utterly innocuous and instantly forgettable.
Despite Emmy Rossum's vivaciousness and raw ability, not much good comes from watching 'Nola.'
This film was written and directed by a lawyer/turned filmmaker. I like the main couple Ben and Nola, but as for the story that he puts them in - I object.
An anemic little paean to a type of Hollywood storytelling that would have been better left undisturbed.
Combines a worn-out premise -- young woman leaves unhappy home for big city -- with some of the silliest characters ever to reach the screen.
An over-the-top fairytale ending nearly ruined a pretty good story up until then. Nola (not the Big Easy), played by a sweet Emmy Rossum, is a talented young singer-songwriter who runs away from a bad situation at home and winds up in New York City hoping to find her father. The first hour, although filled with an incredible string of good luck for this kid, had this viewer hooked. The last half hour went from improbable to wildly cliched and entirely predictable. At times, there were opportunities to rein it back in and make it interesting, but the editor and the director conspired to go with the formula. The film opens almost in mid-scene and for a moment, this viewer thought the IW player had messed up. The opening only gave us a brief taste of what drove Nola to hit the road and a few more details were filled in later. Ms Rossum was a true bright spot in this rather sappy tale that could have used a bit more spice and a little less treacle.
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