Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Mary Poppins Returns (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
For the last three years a film has arrived after I confirmed my Best & Worst of the year that managed to change the list.  It’s becoming somewhat of a habit now… This year that film is Mary Poppins Returns, a glorious, funny, heart warming tale that had me from the start.  Emily Blunt is simply spectacular as the titular character, returning to once again help the Banks family and stealing every scene she’s in.  That said she gets some proper competition from Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, the sweep boy grown up from the original film.  It’s mix of old school dance numbers, animation and buckets of charm mean that you can’t help but love it. If I had one small issue is that I’m not sure how memorable the songs will be once the film has finished but Mary Poppins Returns is just a joy and you should go out right now and watch it.

Best Bit: Musical Hall

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Mary Poppins, Paddington, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 

 


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Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Paddington is a joy of a film. There’s no other way to describe it.  A superbly realised kids film but with a humour and charm that will appeal to adults also.  From it’s fully realised lead character to it’s excellent cast (Whishaw as the titular bear stands out) who all connect so strongly with the audience.  Even without this,  however, the filmmakers throw in enough goofy set pieces to make you laugh out loud.  If I had ANY issues with the film it would be that maybe the FX don’t quite live up to the budget’s realities BUT this is a very small point in what is really a wonderful film.  Both for kids AND adults.

Best Bit: Paddington settles in to the house!

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Shaun The Sheep, The Boxtrolls, The Book of Life

 

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Paddington 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

Paddington 2 – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Paddington 2 is a wondrous family film.  It’s funny, charming and smart managing to appeal to both kids and adults without resorting to the kind of knowing smutty side jokes that often creep in to appease the adults.  The CGI is great (Paddington is totally believable) but as far as the humans go it’s Hugh Grant who steals the show in his washed up actor role.  One of 2017’s best films for sure.

Best Bit: Hugh Grant is genius. 

Cinema , Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Paddington, Stuart Little, Beauty And The Beast

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Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review

Blog: Paddington – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Paddington is a joy of a film. There’s no other way to describe it.  A superbly realised kids film but with a humour and charm that will appeal to adults also.  From it’s fully realised lead character to it’s excellent cast (Whishaw as the titular bear stands out) who all connect so strongly with the audience.  Even without this,  however, the filmmakers throw in enough goofy set pieces to make you laugh out loud.  If I had ANY issues with the film it would be that maybe the FX don’t quite live up to the budget’s realities BUT this is a very small point in what is really a wonderful film.  Both for kids AND adults.

Best Bit: Paddington settles in to the house!

Buy, Rent, Stream, Borrow: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Shaun The Sheep, The Boxtrolls, The Book of Life

 

Author: Phil Hobden