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)
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.
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.
I'm not sure how anyone could despise this film. Apart from music, special effects, good nature and star performances, it has some rather clever gay subtext, and if you don't believe me, I'd be happy to point it out to you (how fitting that Julie Andrews plays the title role!). Premise sounds very much like a certain other Julie Andrews musical but take my word when I say they do differ significantly from each other.