Mary Poppins Returns
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... Raisin works well on television, like so many other fifties plays that tended toward the Freudian and claustrophobic, with their Munch-scream close-ups and slammed Ibsen doors.
No one will mistake this well-produced but inevitably dialogue-driven piece for pure cinema, but Leon and adapter Paris Qualles open up the play just enough to avoid the usual stage-to-screen claustrophobia.
Thoughtful, play-based drama examines racism.
A quintessentially American play, revisited...this one has towering performances from Rashad and McDonald.
An African-American classic every bit as relevant today as when it was first staged.
A Raisin in the Sun isn't bad... for a TV MOVIE.
A Raisin in the Sun is a perfectly serviceable television adaptation of the recent Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansbury's classic 1959 play, but why it got a press screening at the Sundance Film Festival is difficult to say.
Masterful writing with some truly excellent performances. Really the only downside is the distracting orchestra playing what seemed like continuously in the background. All three women are amazing in their own distinct ways, and Sean Combs, though hardly a marval, holds his own. Interestingly, for me he was more convincing showing his character's flaws than the everday stuff. Phylicia Rashad has a very warm presence and gives a graceful performance. Sanaa Lathan makes what could have been an annoying character in lesser hands and gives her some truth. And Audra McDonald? Loved her. She made me really feel for her trapped, modest, underappreciated housewife. I might make it sound like a heavy-handed contricance, but the film gets by on sheer narrative momentum. A weighty, moving experience about capitalism, racism, family, and integrity in 1950s America.
The was a really moving film. Phyllicia Rashad did an amazing performance. This made me want to see the original.
A solid TV movie. I love the stage play. There is a lot for me to identify with in the story though I'm not a racial minority. It was interesting to see the one room stage set expanded upon with some scenes of each character out in the world. Diddy is not bad, but the women steal the show.
Very touching story, everyone plays thier roles well. Though it is long it is a great movie.
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