“Practically Perfect In Every Way” Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of two mischievous children. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert, the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a “Jolly Holiday.”
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The combination of the wonderful composition, a stormer of a central performance and a film which treads a fine line between comic and quirky. It has the spellbinding quality, which the best of the Disney films have, and runs along with the same fluidity. A masterpiece of musical cinema.
Rewatched on a big screen, with an entire audience clapping and singing all the songs. This movie is what I think the magic of cinema is. Part of my childhood and it's still an inovative film. I had many kids behind me that were always surprised by the outstanding special effects. That amused me and all the memories I still have of watching Mary Poppins on VHS a zillion times.
When it worked best for me, the film was delightful. Julie Andrews is pitch perfect in her iconic role and Dick Van Dyke, terrible accent INCLUDED, is amazingly charismatic and fun to watch. Catchy and brilliant songs though the film felt too long. At 140 minutes or so, it just seems too long for a kid's film. Some uneven patches for me but at its best, pure delight (3.5/5)
Some films may equal, but will never surpass, the amazing "Jolly Holiday" sequence for pure joy and imaginative beauty. Whatever you say about Disney, this is his crowning achievement. A close look at the narrative shows this is more for adults to experience the joys of innocence and imagination - and really, we could all use a bit of that.
of course, Mary Poppins is a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, and despite the horrid accent, I really like Dick van Dyke's Bert. But somehow, I wish Mary Poppins would hop into another family.. ones without that kids' fake blank expressions.