All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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…
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…
In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and- snap! The job's a game!
I am saddened. I have become overwhelmed with the stark realization that I am simply too old to truly appreciate this film anymore like I used to. That's not to say that I don't adore and treasure this film as I did in my youth, but rather, I am very unlikely to watch it of my own accord again. I have moved on to different films, different genres, more adult tastes.
However, I find that there is a special place in my heart for this film. You see, Mary Poppins is the film that sparked my love…
One of my 1000 recommended films.
A long-loved musical from the Disney studios, this film is one I can watch over and over again without ever getting bored. It is, indeed, practically perfect, just as Mary's tape measure states.
If I only highlighted a handful of scenes to give you a flavour of the film, you would hear of dancing penguin waiters, dignified singing bank employees (led by Dick Van Dyke's wonderful doddery old chap), cute as a button little kids, the touching song of the Bird Woman, the fab special effects of A Spoonful of Sugar's nursery clean-up. Uncle Albert's tea party on the ceiling, and Glynis Johns' strutting Suffragette.
A wonderful cast led by Julie Andrews' porcelain pretty…
Practically perfect in every way.
My quibbles are with the section post the painting to step in time; it's a bit sloppy and not constructed great for modern audiences, and I don't think you get to the pathos of Mr. Banks as well as you should. If I'm being technical, Step In Time is also a nonsensical number for no reason than to show Dick Van Dyke can dance like a mad man, but I digress.
Maybe i'm buying into the propaganda of the PL Travers movie, but I do feel that they hop into the story a little strong, as a concession to the writing process. It's something that I feel they could smooth out better, as evidence by the recent Cinderella remake.
But other than that - practically perfect in every way.
Awesome. Flying lady, holy shit!!
Spoonfull of sugar.......
Le charme de ce film est indéniable, et la réalisation efficace et visuellement soignée du sous-estimé Stevenson y est pour beaucoup... ainsi que le jeu de la pimpante Julie Andrews! Toujours un plaisir à revoir, comme un tasse de thé chaud un jour d'hiver...
This is a film of my childhood, i've seen it a hundred times and it's only now that i understand the critic of the society and other things. The movie is very joyful and really puts you in a good mood, i don't even want to complain about the childrens actors (i hate them). Didn't understand the joke: "A wooden leg named smith, what's the name of the other leg". The songs are stuck in my head now.
"Oh it's a jolly holiday with Mary! Mary makes your heart so light!"
"Oh it's a jolly holiday with you, Bert! Gentlemen like you are few!"
Definitely would be interested in doing a Mary Poppins, Saving Mr. Banks double feature one of these days, interested to see what insights each film could offer about the other.
Perhaps the most divine and gloriously executed musical ever produced by Walt Disney or anyone else! Julie Andrews is exceptional as Mary Poppins, a firm yet extraordinary nanny gliding to 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, England via umbrella and taking on the duty to nurture young Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael Banks (Matthew Garber), their austere and practical father, banker George (David Tomlinson), always putting his vocation before them. Poppins seeks to aggrandize the kids' imagination with magical wonders they've never thought possible like jumping into sidewalk chalk drawings a portal to a cartoon landscape of talking animals and attending a ceiling-bound tea party accomplished by infectious laughter. If only her enchantments could convert rather-tough disciplinarian George Banks to a…
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