Mary Poppins Returns
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From the Margaret Edson play that deserved its Pulitzer Prize, Mike Nichols has made a television movie that deserves not only an Emmy but our baffled gratitude as well.
A shrewd and triumphant retooling of Margaret Edson's 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Wit tempers its harrowing tale of an English literary scholar's fierce fight against ovarian cancer with a strong strain of the title trait.
Thompson gives a real tour-de-force performance, moving professor Bearing from bemusement to curiousity, fear to confusion, anger to anguish with skilful subtlety
The dour subject matter and director Mike Nichols' unflinching approach may make this a difficult viewing, but it is rewarding.
A powerful drama about dying and death that will soften the heart of anyone who sees it.
A bit of a labor of love for Thompson and Nichols who co-wrote the screenplay about a hardnosed, uncompromising English scholar who's diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer, and because of this, desperate for the human contact she previously disrespected. Often gloomy and slow, the saving grace is Nichol's gentle and caring presentation of Thompson's heartfelt. performance
I've seen this twice and I loved it both times. It's a real emotional kick in the pants, especially the orange popsicle scene right before the DNR climax. Also, Jonathan Woodward is absurdly good looking in this film, though he is not usually in other things he does.
Beautiful work by Emma Thompson and Audra McDonald but profoundly sad. More to be appreciated than enjoyed. Lovely cameo by Eileen Atkins.
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