Mary Poppins Returns
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An art-versus-commerce drama that consists of one beautifully aching performance surrounded by a whole lotta twee.
Though less of a crowdpleaser than it may first appear, that's the key strength that makes this admittedly uneven first feature stand out.
Mumbly dialogue, relentlessly jittery camerawork, a star who is also co-director and co-writer: Yes, it's time for another movie that mistakes the claustrophobic world of young New York artsy types for something interesting.
Bessis has a natural screen radiance, and Defa is disarming, even at his most selfish. But the script's naïveté is galling.
Such a concise expression of theme ought to be appreciated -- it betrays an elegance of construction scarcely seen in likeminded indie comedies.
I wouldn't be surprised to learn she was the one who the filmmakers most identified with since "Swim Little Fish Swim" is just as mischievous and natural, not to mention an unexpected treat as a result.
Yet another dull entry in the indie downtown New York genre. So young and so vapid.
The film explores familiar territory, and it's trite in its particulars, but it has a strange emotional power that emerges almost despite itself.
It subtly counteracts the cliché that creative expression can save your life by making its protagonist a hipster Peter Pan whose creative expression is an excuse not to grow up.
It's almost a little too precious to be taken as an honest exploration of the difficulties of living an artistically genuine life. Or else that's where it finds a lost romance.
What comes through strongest is its Woody Allen-esque treatment of Brooklyn, complete with golden light, beautiful young women, glamorous locations and plenty of appealingly tortured--or insufferably neurotic, depending on your point of view--artists.
'Swim Little Fish Swim'. Two lovable central characters and a sweet script that earns its subtle payoffs.
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