Mary Poppins Returns
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Not that it's awful, exactly. It's a low-budget generic shrug of a movie, one that recycles clichés both ancient (testy drug dealers) and slightly less ancient (the hero films his life with a camcorder).
An ever-uneasy hybrid of teen angst tale and whodunit.
The starry chemistry of leads Ansel Elgort and Chloë Grace Moretz injects a modicum of energy into the coming-of-age drama, whose elements of romance, crime and smart-kid angst never coalesce.
Sam Munson's 2010 novel The November Criminals is the kind of book that attracts smart filmmakers and serious actors - that then, all too often, gets diluted into a bland disappointment like November Criminals.
What follows is something like Veronica Mars, only set in snowy D.C. and on heavy sedatives.
Little more than a glorified afterschool special, and the fact that it's strongly cast only adds to bewilderment about how it went so wrong.
... begins as a mildly compelling examination of grief and catharsis before detouring into contrived vigilante territory.
It's not terrible, and the characters are likable, but, much like its vague title, this teen crime thriller, which also has elements of comedy and romance, never finds its center or its voice.
The film advances that old Hollywood trope: Blacks can't get justice unless whites are willing to get it for them.
Rather bland and underwhelming, November Criminals is a poorly made coming-of-age film. After his friend is gunned down in a gang shooting, Addison becomes obsessed with finding answers. Ansel Elgort and Chloe Grace Moretz lead the cast, but neither of them gives a very good performance. Addison comes off as an extremely annoying character, always yelling at everybody and accusing them of not caring about his friend (who he doesn't seem to have been particularly close to). And the writers don't create much intrigue as to who killed Addison's "friend." Lacking compelling characters and an interesting story, November Criminals is boring and trite.
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