Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Movie review: Mary Poppins Returns (2018)



[Post published by Liviu, on Liviu's [Personal] Blog]

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

[IMDB; en.wikipedia]


Entertaining. Fun. Nice. Sweet.
Great musical.
Great to both children and adults.


Coherent & Consistent storyline.
A few small twists here and there, but I need to emphasize there only are a few of them and really small :)

My major objection: the resolution to the debt problem is incredibly stupid, it's like writers’ creativity has suddenly vanished.

Fast paced. No time to get bored or lose focus :)


Nice special effects.


Great acting.

Emily Blunt acts well, sings well - she does a really good job, congratulations!
If Emma Stone has got an Academy award for the part in La La Land (2016), then Blunt certainly deserves one, too :)
I just can't stop comparing her against Catherine Zeta Jones and Renee Zellweger in Chicago (2002) :) and conclude that Jones and Zellweger are better :)

Lin-Manuel Miranda is a revelation to me - great acting, great singing. He deserves a nomination to the Academy awards. He's better than Richard Gere in Chicago (2002) :)


Nice, catchy songs. Some are even educative :) I really enjoyed all of them.


Great musical. Definitely better than La La Land (2016).

I'm still debating which I like more: A Star is Born or Mary Poppins Returns?

Please remember my review on Christopher Robin (2018) in which I state: “Winnie-the-Pooh has the voice of a castrated dying European old man. And he surely behaves like a dumb & always hungry old man.”
Well, Mary Poppins is just the opposite. She’s a young, smart, resourceful, good looking, fertile, optimist/positive lady. That's the right way to build a character!

Mary Poppins Returns reminds me a bit of The Sound of Music (1965) - there's the same joy that really gets into you and you just can't fight it :)


Conclusions


Definitely worth watching at the cinema. Entertaining. Fun. Sweet. Time well spent.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Movie review: A Star Is Born (2018)



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A Star Is Born (2018)

[IMDB; en.wikipedia]


I have mixed feelings on this movie.

Both entertaining and boring.
It's good, but not great as I've been expecting :))

Coherent and consistent storyline at first glance.
Quite a lot of drama, although rather superficial.
No twists and turns.
Overall, the story drags too many times because it actually is linear, predictable and a bit boring.

Must note that I expected better songs (you can check the soundtrack [en.wikipedia; IMDB] for yourself!)
  • only The Shallow really sticks in my mind :)
  • Maybe It's Time and Always Remember Us This Way are really good & well performed, they are almost great, but not great enough to stick in my mind :D

Lasts too long. 90 minutes would have been enough for the story it tells.

Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga do a good job: they act well, sing well and definitely there's some chemistry going on there.

I feel rather upset that the whole team could have achieved much more with the movie, could have done better etc., but somehow they waste (or at least are unable to capture) all that huge potential.

Certainly better than the hyped La La Land (2016) [Liviu review] in all respects and certainly deserves more Academy nominations and more Academy awards.


Conclusions


Worth watching for sure. It's good, but not great as I've been expecting :)) One can safely watch it on TV; no need for the full cinema experience.