“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.
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.
It loses some steam near the end, but this fanciful film about a practically perfect nanny isn't just about the children learning respect and fun but is about the redemption of the father. But what will be remembered most of all is Andrew's charming performance & the Sherman brother's songs.