Mary Poppins Returns
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The aerodynamic issues in the movie may now be antiquated, but the excitement and beauty of early jet aviation are still irresistible.
This must be said about this picture: it soars far above its clumsy tag and it comes pretty close to being the most exalting of contemporary films.
Unfortunately, Terence Rattigan's script, while solidly structured, never probes beyond the basic conceit that an obsession which works towards the glory of mankind in general may wreak havoc on private lives.
Public excitement over jet travel helped make David Lean's 1952 British feature a big hit, though its science doesn't wash and its majestic aerial sequences are uneasily wedded to a starchy familial drama.
Technically, artistically and emotionally, this is a topflight British offering.
Its shortcomings in presenting character and human situation seem the more disappointing in view of its conspicuous success in conveying both the excitements and something of the mystique of flying.
It's an interesting scientific-military soap opera, acted with stiff upper-lip restraint by a great cast, but Lean's visual sense really comes into play in the aerial sequences.
A great British film that celebrates technological achievement while also questioning the virtues of such achievement.
Richardson, in his understated way, is powerful, if not frightening, as an airplane manufacturer obsessed with breaking the sound barrier.
Ralph Richardson gives a brilliant performance in this British fact-based drama directed by David Lean.
It's both Lean's technical know-how and his ability to make the melodrama moving that makes this a superior film of this ilk.
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