Mary Poppins Returns but Brought Nothing New: A Review

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The original Mary Poppins is often recognized as the crowning live-action achievement of Walt Disney’s career, and is also most notable for being the only Disney production to earn a Best Picture nomination during his lifetime. But so fervent was author P. L. Travers’s dislike of the changes that Disney made to a story that she once created, we wouldn’t end up seeing another Mary Poppins film until much later. So it only leaves me wondering what can be pulled off with a belated sequel, 54 years later. But how exactly would such a long wait between the two films provide, especially when trying to reach out for a newer audience with Mary Poppins Returns? Trying to recapture the charm that Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke have only ever made so distinctive would be one challenge, especially with trying to reach another audience, and Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda make the very best of it here. That alone could provide a lot for some viewers but I was only ever left wondering what else would be coming by in order to allow this story to feel so distinctive from its predecessor after so long.

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Beauty and the Beast – Review

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Amidst their Renaissance period, Disney has produced so many of their most notable works to date which can range from The Little Mermaid to The Lion King, but for myself Beauty and the Beast has always held the throne. Quite frankly, I’ve raised myself on titles like The Little Mermaid and Aladdin but I’ve always held high favour in regards to Beauty and the Beast amidst all. Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise have both had their share of ups and downs through their careers but if it all came down to a single effort to remember them for, Beauty and the Beast is that one. For not only has it remained my favourite of Disney’s animated features through all this time but it is also one that I’ll treasure for what mark it has left within my own life.

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The Manchurian Candidate – Review

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It has been more than fifty years since John Frankenheimer’s Cold War classic The Manchurian Candidate was first released and it still has retained its relevance when it comes to the current state of politics. Adapted from Richard Condon’s novel of the same name, there was never a more perfect time for a film like The Manchurian Candidate to come out, given as it was released amidst the Cuban Missile Crisis. Yet perhaps that was a small part of why The Manchurian Candidate was so frightening of an experience, it was timed so perfectly to that degree it still feels as if it were something that could have come out only recently with the turn of current events. Or maybe it might have been something made as a warning for what was set to come. Continue reading →