AppsScraps Movie Reviews

May 21, 2008

Mary Poppins

Release date: 27 August 1964 (Los Angeles, California)

Any movie that can take a word like 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' and turn it into a song is a fine movie indeed (with thanks to the music writing duo Richard and Robert Sherman). Directed by Robert Stevenson, who must surely have been one of Disney's longest serving directors, this fantasy story stars Dick Van Dyck as Bert (the film's storyteller of sorts), Julie Andrews as the most practically perfect Nanny ever, and David Tomlinson as Mr. Banks, the father of Jane and Michael Banks. While a children's movie at heart, the movie's central message is really targeted to adults. In this case, George Bank's slow realisation that his children, not his job, are the most important thing in his life. Tomlinson is perfect in this film, and the spot-on acting of Van Dyck and Andrews (as a sterner version of Maria from Sound of Music), not to mention the special effects team who married live action with animation some fortyfive plus years ago, make the film beautiful and rich to watch.

My rating 7 out of 10.

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