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I've never been to New York

I've never been to New York

Deutschland 2019 - with Heike Makatsch, Moritz Bleibtreu, Katharina Thalbach, Uwe Ochsenknecht ...

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Genre:Comedy, Music movie, Romance
Direction:Philipp Stölzl
Cinema release:17.10.2019
Production country:Deutschland 2019
Running time:Ca. 128 min.
Rated:From 0 years]
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TV presenter Lisa Wartberg (Heike Makatsch) is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Not only is her career hanging by a thread. Now of all times her mother Maria (Katharina Thalbach) loses her memory due to an accident. As if all this wasn't bad enough already, the old lady flees from the hospital and sneaks aboard a luxurious cruise ship as a stowaway. The only thing she can remember is that she has never been to New York before and wants to go there. Now Lisa has to search for Maria together with her make-up artist Fred (Michael Ostrowski). But even though she finds her mother quickly, the hustle and bustle is just beginning. Because now Lisa is also an involuntary passenger on the "MS Maximiliane" and has to work through her missing ticket as a maid. She meets Axel Staudach (Moritz Bleibtreu) and his son Florian (Marlon Schramm). Between the two the shreds fly fast, before the crackling sparks spray. And Mary is also hit by Amor's arrow through the encounter with the womanizer Otto (Uwe Ochsenknecht). They're even said to have a common past. But these aren't really the only surprises this cruise has to offer before the ship anchors in New York… 

Over 4 million people have seen the musical "Ich war noch niemals in New York", which is based on the songs of Udo Jürgens. After ten successful years at fixed venues, the musical 2016 went on tour, which once again significantly boosted the number of visitors. Not least because of the great success of the film adaptation of the musical success "Mamma Mia! it was only a matter of time until "I was never in New York" would be adapted for the cinema. Director Philipp Stölzl - actually a really good filmmaker - has achieved the unbelievable: He has robbed the musical of everything that has made the stage version so charming and stirring and has let the whole thing degenerate into a brightly coloured laughing parade, which can confidently be called a disaster film. 

Yes, the film is very colourful. But does that automatically make him a lot of fun? Not really. The fact that the makers here rely on gaudy costumes, oh so funny hairstyles and fake teeth, already testifies to the level at which the whole thing moves. And also the actors are - with a few exceptions - simply not very good, because they act much too exaggerated. Katharina Thalbach, for example, reduces her play to a constant wide opening of her eyes. And her distinctive voice gets on your nerves in the long run, too. 

The equipment is also horrible. Why the ship is shown as an obsolete scrap heap that would not survive inspection and on which the servants are housed like slaves is hardly comprehensible. Apparently the constant anachronism is intended, but cannot convince. Everything here seems artificial and so that one simply does not feel comfortable in this place. It's quite different with the stage version. The dramaturgical changes are also a significant deterioration and drop almost everything that makes the original musical so worth seeing. 

I'm not a huge fan of Udo Jürgens, but I was really enthusiastic about the musical. The songs - performed by trained musical performers - and the simple but nice story have spread a real good mood feeling. And every once in a while it got really to the heart. The cinema version, on the other hand, only annoyed me for two hours. The singing is almost always terrible, the actors act completely exaggerated as already mentioned and the humor is extremely flat. For me, one of the biggest disappointments of the cinema year. Even with a lot of good will there is one from me: unfortunately not worth seeing!

An article by Frankfurt-Tipp


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