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Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Review

A MOSTLY “PRACTICAL

PERFECT” SEQUEL


 

Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ‘bout to begin. Can’t put me finger on what lies in store. But I feel what’s to happen all happened before”. Such is one of the first lines uttered in Disney’s 1964 live-action film Mary Poppins. Based on the children’s novels by English author P.L. Travers, the movie, which was directed by Robert Stevenson and starred actor Dick Van Dyke and actress Julie Andrews, tells the story of a magical nanny (named Marry Poppins) who visits a dysfunctional family (the Banks family) in London and employs her unique and whimsical brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s dynamics through a series of events. The film was met with critical acclaim, with many praising the feature for its narrative heart and imaginative nuances throughout the feature (the combination of live-action and animation) as well as the acting talents from Andrews and Dyke in the movie. Mary Poppins also received 13 Academy Awards nomination (setting a record for any other film released by the Walt Disney studios) and won five of those wards, including Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”. Since it’s theatrical release back in 1964, Mary Poppins continues to enchant viewers new and old on various home video releases, receiving many prestigious awards throughout the years, including being selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Now, almost 54 years since Mary Poppins graced the silver screen, it’s time to everyone’s favorite nanny to return as Walt Disney Studios and director Rob Marshall presents Mary Poppins Returns. Is this log belated sequel from the “house of mouse” worth a glance or is it a far cry from the beloved classic? Read more

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) Review

 A SOLID SEQUEL THAT SHINES

(NOT BURNS)


 

Back in 2015, moviegoers everywhere were introduced to director Matthew Vaughan’s visual spy action film Kingsman: The Secret Service. Adapted from the graphic novel Kingsman by Mark Millar (writer) and Dave Gibbons (artist), the film, which starred Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Caine, follows the journey of troubled youth Gary “Eggsy” Urwin as he gets recruited into the Kingsman, a British secret agent organization, and joins a mission to stop a global threat from the nefarious megalomaniac Richmond Valentine. Deriving from its comic book source material and Vaughan’s overall direction, Kingsman: The Secret Service was presented as a 007 spy satire, offering up a visual action-spy feature film with a splash of stylized violence. This mixture seemed does seem like an odd choice, but the film benefitted, with the movie getting praised from critics and casual moviegoers as Kingsman: The Secret Service grossed over $400 million worldwide ($411 million to be exact) against its production budget of $94 million. With its success, it was inevitable that a sequel would soon followed. Now, after two years since its released, 205h Century Fox and director Matthew Vaughan return to the Kingsman world with its sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Does this next chapter proved to be a worthy sequel to its predecessor or it’s a overstuffed and unnecessary continuation? Read more

Bridget Jones’s Baby Review

BRIDGET “MAMA” DRAMA


 

In 2001, moviegoers everywhere were introduced to the cinematic character of Bridget Jones in the movie Bridget Jones’s Diary. Based on the book of the same (written by English novelist Helen Fielding in 1996), Bridget Jones’s Diary follows the exploits of Bridget Jones (played by Renée Zellweger), a single-working thirty something female in London, who tries her hand of love, courting the romances of Daniel Cleaver (played by Hugh Grant) and Mark Darcy (played by Colin Firth). In the ways of romantic comedies (rom-coms), the movie was generally well-received by its viewers and critics, becoming a somewhat classic in its subgenre. In 2004, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, its sequel, was released, further continuing the misadventures of Bridget, but was met with some mixed to negative reviews. Skip ahead to this year (2016) as Universal Pictures (and Miramax) along with director Sharon Maguire sees the return of Miss Jones in the new sequel film Bridget Jones’s Baby. With just such a lengthy gap between this movie and its previous installment, does this sequel find its romantic comedy groove or is it just another mediocre and belated sequel by Hollywood? Read more

Kingsman: The Secret Service Review

 

JAMES BOND + KICK ASS = KINGSMAN


English born director Matthew Vaughan has seen success over the years, partaking in the filmmaking fields of director, screenwriter and producer. First starting as a producer, Vaughan produced several noted British films like Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch before directing his first film in 2004 with the cult classic Layer Cake. He then continued on directing with the fantasy film Stardust and tackled the superhero world with films Kick Ass and X-Men: First Class. Now 20th Century Fox brings Vaughan’s next feature film to big screen with Kingsman: The Secret Service. Does this graphic novel adaptation translate well from page to screen or has the allure of spy thrillers gone out? Read more