Mary Poppins Returns
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The elements are in place but they don't add up to great drama in this well-meant effort to personalize the plight of illiterate people.
The ending, despite good intentions, is American cinema at its tackiest and most hollow.
It's as honest and direct and entertaining as the considerable talents of everyone involved can make it.
Here, in a movie less animated than a barrel of tree sloths, Ritt encourages stale performances and a pace as dull as more tree sloths.
McAlpine may be the movie's smartest contributor. He alone seems to realize that this pedantic project will soon be graduating into home-video or classroom use.
While some of the sloppy filmmaking can be forgiven, the film's core message cannot.
Although the construction is somewhat haphazard, the intention is well meaning and DeNiro gives a characteristically sensitive rendering.
...a harmless little romance that's elevated slightly by the charisma of its two stars...
There is also a good supporting cast here, and Fonda is effective in her role. But it's DeNiro who shines with a very affecting performance, as well as a natural chemistry with Fonda.
If you need 90 minutes of a feel-good movie, this one is the one for you.
Very good movie with De Niro & Fonda :)
Sappy, sweet and sentimental. A nice little romance with a message about literacy and family values.
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