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“Mary Poppins Returns” Movie (2018) — OUTSTANDING; Destined To Be A Disney Classic.

by Anura Guruge



Uplifting.




Uplifting in every way, heartwarming and non-stop, sheer entertainment.

Pantomimish in the nicest possible way. Just, good ol’ fashioned fun — a rollicking musical.

As it was concluding it crossed my mind that this movie deserved applause, and sure enough as it ended the fairly decent crowd (for a weekday matinee) burst into applause! I can’t remember the last time I experienced that. Maybe when the ‘Lion King’ came out 20+ years ago. That alone tells you all that you need to know as to how good this movie is. The audience applauded.

I have seen “Mary Poppins” in Broadway and paid big bucks for the privilege. This movie was as engaging as the live play — and that is saying something.

Disney pulled out all the stops and obviously spent lavishly in its production. I had to look it up on IMDb.com. They believe the budget was $130 million. That is a fair chunk of money. Also appears that they have already grossed a quarter of that back and it has only been out for a week. As a Disney shareholder I am HAPPY.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” was a total DUD. This was the opposite. Outright winner. Brilliant. Destined to become a Disney Classic. People will be talking about this for decades.

Definitely recommend it. Must see. You will enjoy it. Kids will LOVE it. Disney got it spot-on.

Bravo. You will leave the theater with a big, silly grin on your face.


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“The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” Movie (2018) — V. Cruel Bait And Switch!

by Anura Guruge



Click to access IMDb.com listing for this disappointing movie.



DISAPPOINTING — Teischan (12) a connoisseur of “The Nutcracker“, having taken part in two semi-professional productions and having seen the ballet multiple times, including with the ‘Boston Ballet‘.

Flaccid — the Dad, who was not impressed at all, at all. It was a matinee and our two tickets, together, came to $16.50. In reality, that was $9.50 TOO MUCH. Waste of money. Wait until it comes out on TV.

I guess you CANNOT IMPROVE on the original and it was stupid to try.

I am both surprised and disappointed with Disney. They could have and should have done better. This was … well, FLACCID. Really. Flaccid.

It could have been the projection at the theatre we attended — our perennial, ‘Cinemagic‘ in Portsmouth — but the colors were dull. Even dark. More vibrant colors would have helped. Actually anything would have helped.

PLEASE do NOT go to this expecting the dancing, music and story of the original. This is a cruel, very cruel bait-and-switch.


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