Mary Poppins Returns
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Cheap and Cheerful Japanese science fiction romp. A bounty hunter known as Iria has traveled to Earth in preparation for the arrival of a monster known as Zeiram. She encounters two electricians, who accidentally get in the way of her plans, and the trio must work together to take down the monster. Certainly held back by its budget, this is one of those films that is even more impressive due to its restraints. It uses costumes, practical effects, and stop-motion animation very well. However, it must also set a lot of the film in a desolate "parallel" universe, which makes the film seem kind of hollow. The story is also very repetitive, as Zeiram is captured a number of times, escaping each time, and then getting captured again. This runs the risk of getting very old very fast, and the film is definitely longer than it has to be. The three human leads have great chemistry, and what looks as though it will be gawkish humour at points, turns into little character quirks that are quite acceptable. It's a fun 90s film, from a time before CGI.
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