Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Nanny McPhee Returns - Movie Review


Starring Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes and Ewan McGregor.
Directed by Susanna White.

She's no Mary Poppins. For one thing, Mary would not abide so many poo jokes. The kids are on a farm, and therefore there is a lot of animal dung, but my goodness, when they make Maggie Smith sit on a cowpie, I'd about had enough.

This movie's fun for kids. It has that hyper acting-for-kids style from everyone. If the cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang waltzed in with a musical number, the tone needn't change a tittle to accommodate.

Emma Thompson's labor of love (she also wrote it) stays intact. Her McPhee is ugly and scary, but as lessons are learned, her moles melt away, and once she's normal-looking, we know her work is done.

We saw it for free, and that was great. It's more of a rental.

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