- Title Mary Poppins
- Director Robert Stevenson
- Year 1964
- Run time 2hrs 19m
- Genres Fantasy, Comedy, Family
- Tagline It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Join the practically perfect Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) for a Jolly Holiday as she magically turned every chore into a game and every day into a whimsical adventure. Along the way, you'll be enchanted by unforgettable characters such as the multitalented chimney sweep Bert (Dick Van Dyke). You won't need a Spoonful Of Sugar to love every moment of this timeless Disney classic!
|1:12||Is that background a painting? Cos it’s quite odd.|
|3:01||I would never have enough co-ordination to be a one (wo)man band.|
|4:44||I expect him to say “me ol’ bamboo” any moment now.|
|5:48||Is he beating that drum with a tennis racquet? I only just noticed.|
|8:23||I’ve just realised what she’s up to. Ah, the beauty of watching kids films as an adult. Suffragettes!|
|11:44||Gosh, back in the days when banking was profitable and the word banker wasn’t bad.|
|13:31||I can’t imagine being married to someone quite so orderly. Who plans down to the very minute, really?|
|15:09||The boy looks just like his father.|
|23:32||Ms Poppins really doesn’t make a good first impression.|
|28:26||I’m always slightly disappointed when I see the green screening. Mr C’s fault.|
|53:11||It’s funny that the marks in the ground don’t always match up to the pole of the horse.|
|59:20||Empty threats to children don’t work. Would she really call a policeman if they didn’t sleep?|
|1:07:20||I wonder about this laughing bit. Surely laughing is a good thing? Why do they make it seem a serious mistake to laugh?|
|1:13:00||I think I would like to start using “jolly well” in sentences.|
|1:26:44||Now that I know that is Mr Van Dyke, it’s so freaking obvious from his gangly legs.|
|1:32:20||This bit reminds me of Oliver, something about running through the back streets of London.|
|1:41:59||Come on, if you could, you’d want to run about on the rooftops like that, wouldn’t you?|
|1:57:39||Bless the children wearing pink for a girl and blue for a boy.|
|2:10:31||Now he’s been made a partner, isn’t he just going to go back to being a workaholic, and all Mary’s efforts will have been wasted?|
Mary Poppins is a staple of the Christmas holiday. I always look for it as soon as the TV schedules are released because the festive season isn’t right without it. I hadn’t realised quite how long the film is, considering it’s a kid’s one, but you can’t help but love it.
Having been instilled in one as a child, I can’t help but love the film, even if watching it back highlights some rather serious flaws in the whole thing. I know people get mad at the dodgy cockney accent but I find it kinda loveable.
Revisited - Dec 2018
On a second viewing, the length of this film was more of a problem for me. They’re fun adventures, sure, but wow they do go on a bit. I was craving the kite action from about the time they were on the Uncle’s ceiling.
But I was more impressed than I remember with the animation, and enjoyed deconstructing a lot of the special effects - not green screen as I had previously imagined.
I’ve changed as a person since watching this - not so much blessing the blue for a boy and pink for a girl thing, and also quite enjoyed the dad’s minute by minute scheduling. It’s weird how you can view a film completely differently just a few years later.
Rating: 5 / 5