Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
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just dreadful. how could such a great cast, premise and production go so wrong? probably because preston sturges wasn't available. the best part of the movie is the drunk butler, but who then drives around nyc in a blackout. i guess we're supposed to find that hilarious, but not so much today.
the more i think about this awful movie, the angrier i become. This incredibly boring movie comes off like a vegas tribute to mary poppins, but without the rights to to the original music. i was excited to see emily blunt in this, but her take on mary was completely wrong. i haven't read the books, and i don't care how accurate it might be. julie andrews worked because of her hilarious, wonderful characterization of a stern but deeply loving nanny. blunt has no humor; in fact, she acts vain, haughty, pissy, and a bit too much above the other characters and situations. the one tender song about love and loss is thrown away with no set up whatsoever; no word of the children missing their mom, and therefore no payoff. the lampwick guy simply has no character at all; just a smiley dull accomplice. but hardly that, as mary poppins winds up doing everything for everyone, after she pretends she can't. the songs are an insult to the sherman brothers, shoving their melodies into a blender and spitting out soulless soundalikes we hear in every meta-musical on broadway today. no wonder julie andrews refused to take part, the script is a dog and it would have sullied her wonderful memory. a chase scene? really? with an unmotivated kidnapping? almost every scene has a direct analog to the original, yet reworked with so little imagination as to make you certain it was done by committee. so much talent, so much effort, so much money involved in this load of tripe, it's a shame. but hey, that's hollywood.