Mary Poppins Returns
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More play, less luvvies please.
There is nothing that drives this film except a tone of inward-gazing self-importance, sweetened by the sentimental bonding of the play's cast and crew and Whelehan's touristy location shots.
It's that rare film that captures and conveys the romance of the theatrical experience.
The camaraderie among the players, some of whom have interesting stories of their own, tends to shut out any sense of audience response, aside from the ovation that reliably greets the star as soon as he appears onstage.
Over the course of the film, a sense of the cast's camaraderie comes through, the almost family feeling that takes over among people thrown together in such intimate circumstances.
Spacey serves as an engaging, amiable host but also offers spot-on observations about the demanding role.
Now is not the type of film that would probably be viewed more than once, however, the takeaway is strong; theater is alive and well and continues to impact audiences everyday with its message.
Shakespeare for short attention spans.
Less a film than a brochure, offering lush, alluring scenery alongside a collection of ultimately shallow teasers.
Shamelessly partisan, Jeremy Whelehan's film combines thoughtful pontificating with rather too many tributes to Spacey's leadership and generosity.
Despite the distinct talent of all of those involved - from Spacey to Mendes to Whelehan, the biggest winner in this instance is a certain William Shakespeare.
It's as cozy and self-congratulating as you'd expect from a thing executive-produced and distributed by Spacey.
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