Mary Poppins Returns
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A narrow and borderline fawning hagiography that will no doubt find great favor among his fan base, while inspiring shrugs of indifference from those less invested in his tale.
It makes for a choppy, unsatisfying portrait when any topic outside the worshipful career momentum and expected dazzling fight footage - personal demons, his growth in a corrupt sport, the weight of being an icon - is addressed.
Banal, stentorian narration by Liam Neeson ("Once victory is stolen from you, what are you left with?") mostly gives the sense that it's the viewer being carried around the ring.
Only a fool would say it to his face, but eight-time divisional boxing champ Manny (Pacman) Pacquiao has a limp swing as a documentary subject.
Even as a promotional piece, Manny is too thin a nonfiction portrait of Manny Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of the modern era and the only one in history to win titles in eight different weight classes.
Pacquiao's the only boxer in history to win championships across eight weight classes. His story follows the classic Hero's Journey stages precisely, blow-by-blow, as it were.
Boxing docu glorifies Pacquiao but skims the surface.
A potential knockout documentary pulls most of its punches.
While a good introduction to Pacquiao's accomplishments, the movie as a whole is too shallow.
It's nothing groundbreaking as a sports doc, but Pacquiao's warm personality and amazing story make it a pretty great one.
Manny stays entirely on the surface of Pacquiao's life and of a sport that's rife with dirty dealing and chicanery.
An informative, if largely deferent, biographical documentary that tritely explains the ascendancy of Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao.
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