There is, somehow, an interesting story here, as well as some good acting. There are also some good scenes
The acting in this movie is really good.
Each character in this movie — down to the smallest one — is an individual rather than a type, prone to spontaneous changes of mood and sometimes amusing outbursts of pettiness or ill humor.
This is one of my childhood favorites. I couldn't handle many long movies but 139 minutes of this was perfect for me! I have so many memories with this movie. Learned to pronounce the above word, wetting my pants once and having to take out the tape as punishment, ripping the cover off for no reason, learning that the mother says "stupid" in her song, and much more. Even at age 19 I still love it! Do not deprive your kids of this excellent classic! If they are not into live action yet then wait a couple years, but there is some animation in the chalk drawing scene.
Mary PoppinsThere are few sketchy overstretched musical sequences that; even though looks stunning and pleasing on terms of visual aspects, seems redundant and required better editing. Having said that, the choreography, background score, songs, costume design and production design are at their peak that speaks more than anything in here. Robert Stevenson is in his A game and doesn't fail on conveying the anticipated message to the audience. Julie Andrews is the genuinely the "protagonist" in this feature that needs no support as she carries it all off in her shoulder like a charm. Mary Poppins works particularly for its sensibility and simplicity of picking up a concept through something so common and mundane (like a tuppence) that it resonates and communicates with the audience in a click and still reach for more general and wider vision.
MARY POPPINS is one of those films that I grew up watching as a kid and have retained a fondness for in adulthood. I typically dislike Disney productions with their twee sentimentality and kiddie sensibility, but this film is so colourful, so vibrant, so energetic, that you can't help but love it. I'm no fan of Julie Andrews and indifferent to her supposedly warm presence here, but the great Dick Van Dyke is a real scene-stealer and involved in all of my favourite moments in the movie. The songs are fantastic too, and there's never too long to wait before the next. Add in plenty of spectacular and undated special effects and you have the cinematic equivalent of drinking a cup of warm cocoa in front of a roaring fire.
Just recently, I watched this film with my younger sister, who is pretty much obsessed with the whole "High School Musical" phenomenon. I wanted to show her the musical that defined MY childhood, but wasn't sure how she would react to the dated graphics and themes. I was pleasantly surprised to find that she found the film to be very entertaining, from the goofy songs to the crazy characters to the wacky animation.In all honesty, though, what is not to like about this charming film?! The areas in which the movie excels include:Plot: Simple enough (Nanny swoops down from above to take care of somewhat-neglected children) for children to understand, but with just enough political undertones to keep adults' attention, something that does not occur in HSM (in that series, either you buy into the catchy tunes or you don't...there's no middle ground).Acting: Julie Andrews (as Mary Poppins) and Dick Van Dyke (as chimney-sweep Bert) turn in incredible performances that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, and there isn't a member of the supporting cast that doesn't bring something interesting to the table.Music: Of course, a musical film is ultimately judged by the success of its musical numbers, and in that case "Mary Poppins" is a rousing success! It would take too long to rate all the musical numbers in this movie, but suffice it to say that they offer something for everyone. I personally love the chimney-sweep's "Step In Time" upbeat dance, while my younger sister's favorite was, as she would said, "the one with the dancing penguins!".Overall, "Mary Poppins" is a movie that can be enjoyed by any and all ages from now until the end of time. Please watch the film to sustain your own craving for nostalgia, then introduce it to your children/relatives to show them that musicals need not be set in high school.