It was 1964 when the world was introduced to a practically-perfect British nanny in Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins. Back then, Julie Andrews starred as the eponymous character alongside Dick van Dyke and David Tomlinson. It was an instant hit and became one of Disney’s most-loved feature films.
That is, by everyone apart from the author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers. So incensed by what she felt was Disney’s misunderstanding of her source material, she banned all future work with the studio.
So, 54 years later and with Travers’ estate finally agreeing to a sequel (I wonder how much Disney executives had to pay for that), we get a sequel that no-one was really asking for. Mary Poppins Returns brings the titular character back into the hearts of newcomers and fans alike, but is the film as practically-perfect in every way like its lead? Or is it a bit of a dud? Continue reading
ABBA. No other word could instil such a feeling of nostalgia, of pure cheesy goodness, of 1970s pizazz. A group of legend, the Swedish quartet took Europe by storm, being featured on every wedding playlist since the dawn of time. When Mamma Mia came out in 2008, the world rediscovered their ABBA fever: how did they do a second time around?
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again follows the same familiar cast as before, only bringing in the backstory of free-spirited Donna after he untimely death just a year before. Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), her daughter, has refurbished Donna’s hotel and is staging a huge re-opening party in honour of her mum. Aw! Continue reading
Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Two actors whose careers have stood the test of time, starring in classic film after classic film. Their most recent venture into Oscar-worthy drama is Spielberg vehicle, The Post, that brings the sheer brilliance of both Streep and Hanks into the foreground, but also the sheer brilliance and bravery of the characters they portray.
The Post follows the true story of the Washington Post and the release of classified documents, the Pentagon Papers, relating to the Vietnam War. Streep plays Kay Graham, the owner, and publisher, of the Washington Post. Already, obstacles are encountered regarding her gender, in a time period where women were still expected to be behind the kitchen counter, rather than behind a desk. Continue reading
RICKI & THE FLASH (UK CERT: 12A)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Meryl Streep, Kevin Klein, Mamie Gummer
REVIEW AUTHOR: Adam Brannon
Copyright: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Meryl Streep has always been one of our most reliable actresses. The three-time Oscar winner has starred in some iconic films, from Sophie’s Choice to The Devil Wears Prada and from Kramer vs Kramer to The Iron Lady, she can turn her hand to almost anything.
However, her latest role sees the fan favourite star as an ageing rock star who must heal the voids in her family after an incident. But does Ricki & the Flash do Meryl proud? Continue reading
INTO THE WOODS (UK CERT: PG)
Director: Rob Marshall
Music: Nathaniel Mechaly
Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden
Wolves, witches and giants all appear in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s popular musical which takes all the best bits of our favourite fairytales and mashes them together in one engaging, song-filled rollercoaster.
However, musical movie adaptations are notoriously difficult to get right, from casting restraints to the inclusion of all the songs, transferring them to the silver screen is not something to be entered into lightly. So does director Rob Marhsall’s effort elevate itself above its peers? Continue reading