Sunday, January 29, 2006

Another movie!

Nanny McPhee. Remember when Disney used to make good movies? I know, it's hard to remember back that far. I'm not talking about animated movies (though it's been an eon since they made one of those worth a damn either). I'm talking about live-action family movies that words like "magical" and "enchanting" aptly described: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Mary Poppins come to mind. Well, while Disney seems to have lost the magic long ago, lucky for us a movie comes along every so often that reminds us that live-action family movies can still be magical and enchanting. I give you Nanny McPhee. Me Julie and I took the girls to see this today, and I thought it was magnificent. The story isn't original by any means -- man raising lots of kids, wife's dead, kids are terrors, can't keep nannies, along comes a mysterious nanny to make things right, kids are good at heart, etc., etc. But it's a story that's told so well here, in such an entertaining fashion. Emma Thompson did a great job with the screenplay, and her portrayal of Nanny McPhee is a joy. Colin Firth is, well, Colin Firth; bumbling, charming, entirely likeable. The sets, the art direction, the cinematography, the music... all are fantastic. The kids will love it, and if you don't, you're just plain stupid.


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