Mary Poppins (1964)
Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family which includes the banker father (David Tomlinson), suffragette mother (Glynis Johns) and their two rather troublesome children Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael (Matthew Garber). The family has a rather difficult time keeping a nanny for the children because of all the trouble they like to cause. The reality is that they just want some love and attention. In steps Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews), who in answering an ad for a new nanny placed by Mr. Banks and the children becomes the new nanny. But Mary Poppins isn’t who she appears to be, she is special. She wins over the children with her magic bag and exciting way of cleaning up their nursery. Later that day they meet Mary Poppins’ old friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist, and experience another adventure. Everyone in the house is happy in every with the exception of Mr. Banks who seems immune to the charms of Mary Poppins. But that all changes after a series of disastrous events that actually bring about more good than harm. And everyone lives happily ever after and Mary Poppins disappears into the clouds because she isn’t needed any more. Also starring Hermione Baddeley, Ed Wynn, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, Reta Shaw.
I have to say, I absolutely adore this movie. I could watch it over and over and never get bored. Watching it being older and slightly wiser it loses a little bit of the magic since I know all about green screens and wires etc. But that being said it doesn’t lose any real magic because that lies in the music and the characters, and there is no trick to those. Julie Andrews is beyond fantastic and Dick Van Dyke is amazing in his versatility. If you didn’t catch it he actually plays more than just Bert, he also plays the grumpy old bank owner Mr. Dawes Sr. You can see it in the eyes. The movie was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won 5, two of which were for the music including best original song for Chim Chim Cher-ee. I tend to agree with the Academy on this one, the music is phenomenal and the kind that gets stuck in your head for days, weeks at a time. Julie Andrews also won the Oscar for Best Actress. Every family should own a copy of this and watch it regularly.
10/10 Stars – Only one word to describe this movie….supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Can you say it backwards? 😉
I dunno about you, but I don’t know anyone who didn’t grow up on Mary Poppins. It’s one of the best live-action Disney films and with both wonderful songs and charming characters, I don’t see how anyone would dislike this movie. Julie Andrews broke out onto the big screen with her performance in Mary Poppins and I fully believe that her, along with Dick Van Dyke and everything wonderful about this film, should have been #40 on the AFI Top 100 list and not the Sound of Music. You can read my full rant on the Sound of Music page… There isn’t much more I can add that my wife hasn’t already, but I’m pretty sure you already know, because who hasn’t seen this movie?
9/10 Stars – The creepy ending with the bank is why I don’t make it a 10, everything up to that point is wonderful Disney magic!
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