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The movie combines a diverting story, songs, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers before flying off again.
' Old Year's Day' is what we call the last day of the year here in Holland.
One of the things that goes hand in hand with this day is watching Mary Poppins.
And as I look around the room and see three generations of my family smiling, laughing, singing and being totally captivated by this tale of magic, fantasy and the beauty of childhood, I forget that I'm a cynical dick 90% of the time. There are only a handful of films that can achieve this and this one is probably the best example of them.
And Julie Andrews is a total babe.
Robert Stevenson’s 1964 elating and legendary musical Mary Poppins magically turns an incredibly simple story into a sweet, stirring, mellifluous and extremely goodhearted piece of cinema, it is a celebration of simplicity, honesty and innocence which with its pleasant sense of humor and addictive songs easily connects with everybody, young or old, stern or easygoing. It mixes fantasy, magical realism, live action and animation to create something unforgettable and utterly amusing, it’s hard to watch Julie Andrews singing and dancing on the rooftops and not get delighted. If I have watched this when I was 6 or 7 I would have said that it is the best film ever made, such is the charm and enchantment of Mary Poppins.…
“First of all, I would like to make one thing quite clear. I never explain anything.”
There’s really no need to explain why I love Mary Poppins. It is, like its titular character, practically perfect in every way. No need to give references; a very old-fashioned idea, to my mind.
To be sure, it’s a Disney contraption: bright colors, catchy tunes, sweet disposition. But, like practically perfect people, it doesn’t permit sentiment to muddle its thinking. There’s a powerful streak of twilight-hued melancholy through Mary Poppins. It is, wisely, neither all sugar nor all medicine.
That variegation begins with Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) herself. Her list of qualifications is long. Cheery disposition? She is never cross—but that is not to…
All I can say is, that Mary Poppins sure has a nerve being hurt that the kids run off with their dad without saying goodbye to her, after she just spent half an hour packing while shrugging off their pleas for her to stay: "Yeah, I know you don't want me to go. So sad for you. Ciao."
Okay, that isn't all I can say. I hadn't watched this one since childhood, but after Saving Mr. Banks hit me with a sucker punch in the emotions, I had to revisit it. It's a different experience as an adult: I can see the blatant flaws in the special effects, and the 40-minute fantasy sequence (among others) kinda drags, and Dick Van…
I don't know why but I always thought I would hate Mary Poppins. That's why I never saw it but since I am very interested in go see Saving Mr. Banks I think is was the right time to finally watch it.
Now I realize that it wasn't as I thought it would be and I don't hate it. Actually I quite enjoyed what I saw! Disney Classic.
I was never a fan of Mary Poppins when I was little, I couldn't relate to two posh kids with a nanny, but revisiting this I can honestly say its one of the most magical films I've seen. It's just a stunning piece of work that deserves all the praise it gets. Julie Andrews is phenominal in this!
I'm not a Mary Poppins fan you've probably guest that already its a good film but I think it lacks substance at times but the songs are memorable.
For a movie I watched so much as a kid, there was a lot here that I had no memory of whatsoever (the entire section at the bank). I was also surprised that there were only a handful of songs that I actually, really liked (the ones everyone remembers). Too much sentimentality going on for me to rate it properly, so I'm abstaining.
Mary Poppins is a major classic among musicals and arguably the most famous and iconic live-action Disney film in history. Although I like it a lot, it's not one of my favorite musicals. I think its length is a bit excessive, and some aspects regarding its comedic elements haven't aged very well, but nevertheless, it remains a fantastic and enjoyable film. Julie Andrews is absolutely lovely and enchanting in the title role, Dick Van Dyke is totally charming and energetic as Bert, and the musical numbers are pure magic.
"That's just good, clean soot there, Michael." That's one of the life lessons taught by this good, family film. Also, that a black-lung laborer/vagrant is the happiest man on earth. And while Dick Van Dyke returns what many consider the worst British accent in movie history, he also gets to be the center of the highlight of the film, the "Step In Time" roof-dance number. It's a excitable scene in what I otherwise found an unremarkable movie. For her part in the title role, Julie Andrews is pretty and sweet. But for someone who is supposed to be bringing chaos to this bankers' family life, she sure is pretty calm about it.
I had forgotten a lot about this since…
A wonderful experience every time I watch it. To watch it again, now, with my four-year-ole, is yet another amazing element. Of the film, the use of perspective is fascinating. From the point of view of a dirty chimney sweep, a sidewalk artist, a musician (all three being the same character), the Banks children, and Mr. Banks, the film can be interpreted from every angle without the need of extra narration. Although, the viewer does get some of that as well at times from Bert. From jumping through chalk drawings, to laughing so much that one begins to float, the troupes are twisted and replayed in such a way that even as an adult who has seen the film multiple times in my life, it always seems fresh and wonderful.
"Mary Poppins" is not perfect. Dick Van Dyke's atrocious Cockney accent is a template of how American actors can't perfect a good English accent. The film is a half hour too long and there could have been a couple of scene that could have been left out. Now that we've got the flaws out of the way, we can proceed the best parts about the movie. Julie Andrews delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as a magical nanny who helps teach a family what it means to be a family. The fantastic dance sequences go hand-in-hand with the great and memorable musical numbers created by the Sherman Bros.
I checked "I've seen this film before" simply because I have vague memories of it in my childhood. I tried to get into this classic, I really tried, but it was hard. Too hard. It's too long; 140 minutes is entirely too long to have to sit through this movie. I hated the cartoon humans in chalkpainting-world (they should have been anthropomorphic animals!).
I think the main problem (apart from over-length. Seriously, some of this movie could have easily been cut!) is that a lot of the moments are completely tangential to the plot, and quite obviously put in to show off now 50-year-old visual effects.
My wife and I ended up fast-fowarding through parts of this film-- I must admit. I wanted to give it more, but I think my 2.5 star rating is an accurate representation of my opinion of the film. Sorry, Walt.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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