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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 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.
I sit here in front of my laptop today a little crestfallen. Yes, that’s the word, crestfallen. Because I now have to reconcile two versions of the Mary Poppins film. The first version, I saw as a child, and it was awesome and magical. It had a pretty flying nanny and dancing chimney sweeps. Live action characters could jump into paintings and dance with cartoon penguins! Laughing made you fly!
Now I’m older, and horrible things like history, knowledge, facts and a movie called Saving Mr Banks have come along and muddied the waters. This time around I found Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent unbearable, where as a kid I thought all Londoners talked like that! Bless his heart for…
Best movie of 1964.
How can something with this much fluff be so perfect?
Maybe it's because when Mary Poppins does get serious, it demands to be heard, much like its titular character. Mr. Banks's walk in the dark carries such a tremendous amount of weight for a film that portrayed dancing chimney sweeps just two scenes before. Just the fogginess of London, the musical score of "Feed the Birds," how isolated he looks in some of those shots...it's enough to give me chills.
There also are a lot more hints (intentionally or otherwise) concerning Mary Poppins's backstory than from what I remember as a kid. The only conclusions I've come up with thus far are that she was involved with Bert at some…
Are you ready to steppin' time? Have you taken your spoonful of sugar? Have you got your brolly in hand? Because it's time to Hit-Play on the Robert Stevenson's 1961 classic, Mary Poppins!
Mary Poppins is one of that select group of films that can truly be called 'Classic', a project conceived in love and filled with so much child-like wonder that it will never grow old or 'out-of-date'. Certainly the crowning achievement of Walt Disney's remarkable career, both story-wise and technically, the film remains an unsurpassed achievement.
Based on P.L. Travers' tales of a magical nanny who arrives to bring families closer, the rights to the stories had been pursued by Disney since 1938, but Travers had seen…
God dammit I love Dick Van Dyke's terrible accent.
Sitting down on a lazy Sunday to watch this with my little girl was the first time
I've ever seen Mary Poppins. And I know this will annoy the fans, but this picture commits the worst crime a film can make. It's dull and quite boring. If they cut out the singing and dancing it would be a perfectly acceptable half hour of 60s ephemera. As it is, it drags forever. Sorry, not a fan. My daughter, however, strenuously disagrees.
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