Mary Poppins Returns
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Urgent and eye-opening ...
The steady stream of talking-head experts doesn't do much to raise the movie's pulse. Archival footage and animated sequences that augment the interview content don't move the needle appreciably, either.
[Klayman's] movie is so preoccupied with the idea of competitive advantages that its "Harrison Bergeron" analysis spares little thought for the people who just need some help to be themselves.
Take Your Pills juggles each of these threads with ease, despite at times feeling like a product of the attention deficit generation it's examining: cluttering the screen with animations and frantic cuts.
Take Your Pills doesn't have an answer for why our society is so focused on success, or how we should handle the stresses that come along with achieving it. However, the film makes a point that's perhaps even more powerful.
Refreshingly free of heavy-handed scare tactics, this documentary calmly and rationally explores rising amphetamine use by asking thought-provoking questions and promoting thorough understanding.
Slick and glib, but still a useful primer on the state of the amphetamine epidemic, with an emphasis on what people think it's doing for them.
Side effects include rage and misinformation.
You might think the filmmakers should warn about Ritalin and Adderall, but instead, they convey the positive effects and skip lightly over the risks.
Ultimately, the film struggles to present an "aesthetic" while also telling human stories that present bigger truths. Klayman admits one of the biggest challenges was to stay on topic, but she sees the irony.
The doping allegations against Bradley Wiggins earlier this week have made Take Your Pills especially timely.
The tone is straightforward, balanced, and intellectually stimulating.
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