Mary Poppins Returns
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This is an inspiring story, but it's badly told. Best read the book instead.
Although there are a few nice-ish cameos - Ioan Gruffudd pops up, as do James Fox and Jodie Whittaker - it's not enough to save this film from itself or give it any kind of emotional authenticity.
It's so unsubtle in its characterisation and so plodding in its narrative that it's unlikely to reach much of an audience.
In this case, truth isn't stranger than fiction, it's just strangely hackneyed.
Director Nick Moran obviously feels strongly about the material but fails to create a consistent tone.
A de-glamourised Natascha McElhone is so unconvincing as the harridan of a mother that her performance is hard to take seriously.
It's a heck of a lot better than director Nick Moran's last movie (Joe Meek biopic Telstar), but could have done with tighter storytelling and better casting.
The Kid is an accomplished adaptation of Lewis's novel that hammers home Kevin's suffering at the hands of a monstrous matriarch.
[An] excellent adaptation of Kevin Lewis's bestselling book about his difficult and at times harrowing life.
Nick Moran -- like Casey Affleck, an actor-turned-director -- marshals his relentlessly grim material unflinchingly, and Rupert Friend, as the adult Kevin, is engaging and convincing in a complex role.
If you have tears, prepare to shed them for some other tale of woe.
Lewis' story is unquestionably horrific but by forcing it into the mould of a triumph-over-adversity heart-warmer, all of the raw, nasty edges have been smoothed off to leave a sickly-sweet wad of gloop.
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