Mary Poppins Returns
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Exactly the kind of idiosyncratic project that gave HBO its reputation in the first place.
The best biopic in a very, very long time.
Clare Danes gives a hypnotic performance and director Mick Jackson keeps the film as visually interesting and full of ideas.
Riveting true story of a young autistic woman's journey.
Danes' grand solo interpretation. The integrity of her performance and clear devotion to her subject is second to none and evident in every frame.
Anchored by Claire Danes' best performance to date...
I have always been sort of indifferent about Claire Danes, but I believe that with this film she has really proved herself to be quite an actress.
It's a performance that if done poorly could have come across as over the top are cartoonish, but Danes nuanced performance brings the quirky Grandin to life in a very believable, moving yet empowering way.
The supporting cast (particularly Ormond & O'Hara) are also superb.
In addition to the great acting, the film was edited and enhanced in a delightful way, that really helps the viewer have a better understanding of the complex way that Grandin's (brilliant) mind works.
An exceptionally good film about an exceptionally brilliant woman.
Fascinating, touching, and empowering.
The film takes a completely new approach to autism. The editing for one thing grabs your mind and expands it for people unfamiliar with the disorder. Claire Danes is fantastic and brings strong emotions when displaying the biographical character. A fun watch for those who have the opportunity to watch it.
For someone who knew nothing about Temple Grandin prior to this film, I really had no idea what I was in for. In fact, I was not very excited due to the presence of Claire Danes. I know she has talent, but I have not really seen a film of hers that has really impressed me. Enter Temple Grandin. A role that can be seen as merely Oscar bait, but is deftly handled by Danes. Never once did I feel as though she was an actress playing a woman with autism. Hell, had Danes never been in a film before, I would just have assumed that they cast an actual person inflicted with the disorder. While this seems like acting 101, it amazes me just how many actors chew the scene in such a way that draws way too much attention to themselves.
As for the film itself, it is well done. The sound design is masterful and the images fly at you in such a way that help get the viewer immersed into such a complex mind.
However, it does in the end feel like a tv movie. Things are too often overstated and the music swells in a way that frequently drew my attention to the artifice and prevented me from truly immersing in the film. Also, there were a few scenes that looked like they were pulled from a Hallmark special of the week.
In the end, it is a fascinating and well told story. Yet, it is mainly a vehicle for Danes and she does not disappoint.
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