Please keep in mind that I liked Snatched and Rough Night, and kinda liked The House, and didn't hate Daddy's Home 2 or Bad Moms Christmas, and then consider that I kind of hated this.
Credit is due for several very entertaining and well-executed musical numbers.
There's also a part where Barnum merrily rides an elephant into the city to meet his family at the opera or something, and then...? What happens to that elephant? Does it just roam the streets for a while or does he wait patiently outside in the damn snow?
A spectacularly ill-timed screener arrival turned into a spectacularly ill-timed viewing, because why not lean right into the unpleasantness? I certainly understand why the release was pulled and why most thinking people will never want to see this, but to me it doesn't play as an icky self-justification or secret self-exposure so much as a movie very much about Woody Allen: a meta-narrative where the plot of Allen's Manhattan happens in one plot thread while a post-revelation Woody Allen fan…
I was anticipating this movie because I love Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor, the original movie, and the trailer for this movie, but I was still unprepared, to some extent, for what kind of a movie I was getting here: Sort of a winky revival, sort of a rumination on nostalgia, sort of softening up and sort of a similarly tough heart underneath. Say this for Trainspotting 2: Not that many sequels take well-known characters from the previous movie and deepen…