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I liked this film, and I've recommended it. I must point out, this is not a retread, but a continuation of the Mary Poppins (1965) film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, both of whom are still living. It's hard to watch this film and not draw comparisons, but Emily Blunt made a very convincing Mary, both in singing ability and characterization. Lin-Manuel's lamplighter is clearly a step up compared to Van Dyke's chimney-sweep. He has a much better British accent. Meryl Streep has a completely silly musical scene with a Russian accent, with an apparent homage to the late Ed Wynn's "I Love To Laugh" Scene. The lamplighters, on bicycle's do a musical dance number in homage to Van Dyke's "Step In Time" number. There is a lot of "homage" going on here; it's as if the film is self aware of it's own history. There is a song-and-dance number with Poppins and penguins (animated), to compare with the dance number Van Dyke did in 1965. Finally, Van Dyke himself makes a cameo appearance, reprising the same bank elder from 54 years earlier. Angela Lansbury has a cameo as a balloon lady in the park, which sets up the finale piece "Nowhere To Go But Up", which is basically a homage to "Let's Go Fly A Kite". On the whole, its a lot of fun, but there's a little bit too much "seriousness" with the plotline about the Bank's children losing the house to the very bank George Banks was an employee of, with Colin Firth as the "bad guy'.
An original idea for a film: what if a global blackout occurred and when you woke up, you realize that no one on the planet has any recollection that the Beatles ever existed - except you? What would you do? Not only does everyone but you lose this piece of memory (there is no memory loss of the Rolling Stones or The Who, by the way), but all physical evidence of the band ever existing has been erased including, presumably, my brother's Beatles albums, but also every book, article and sheet music. This is quite a jump, considering that two of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, are still living. But the film doesn't try to explain any of that, so apparently, we are being asked to accept the situation, suspend all disbelief, and go along with the ride. Obviously, if you liked the Beatles, you would probably play their music. (Right here, the film would go nowhere if you didn't care for the group that no one had any recollection of.) But if you start playing their music, you would be the only one who knows that the music is not your own. What would they think of the music? (Again, if the Beatles' music, played by you, were not appealing to your listeners, again this film would go nowhere.) Certainly, the film asks the audience to suspend a lot of disbelief, but if you can make the jump, it's a fun escapist film for the summer.
Absolutely outstanding. Even if you aren't interested in opera, see this film by Ron Howard in the theater. It will not do justice to watch this at home.
This film will definitely fall under the category: if you like the lead actors, you'll probably like the film. I happen to like Kate McKinnon and Mila Kunis and if I didn't, I probably would not have seen the film. That would have been a loss - for me, because this movie has some very silly moments. It seems to be vying for demonstrating how many different ways can bad people (and sometimes innocent people) be killed including bludgeoning, blowing up, run over, knifed, and of course, gunned down. Oh, I almost forgot: face boiled off by immersion in cheese fondue. How often do you see that? But it's all done humorously and in such good taste. If you didn't see this in the theater, rent it. It's fun and rollicking. The plot is really not worth explaining. Do not go into this film expecting to see Bourne Identity or Mission Impossible; you will be disappointed. Jane Curtin and Paul Reiser (Mad About You) co-star as Justin Theroux's parents, so you've also got that.
I'm often skeptical about sequels; they never live up to the hype, or they're a tired retread, or they don't develop the characters further. Not this time. Even if you didn't see the first "Wreck-It Ralph" (I recommend that you do, btw.), you could still enjoy this film. Knowing anything about the main characters before walking into the theater is not essential, though it will help. This installment takes Ralph and Vanelope in a whole new direction when the video game owner installs wifi at the arcade. All of the humorous or weird characteristics of navigating the internet are present here, except Ralph and Vanelope are experiencing them for the first time. The sequence with the 'Disney princesses' is absolutely worth the price of the admission, with all of those characters voiced by the original actors. This must go on the 'must-see' list. The film was nominated for awards and its easy to see why.