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Top Ten Reasons to love Mary Poppins

Friday 28 November 2008, 16:00

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

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She's supercali, she's fragilistic and she is the very definition of explialidociousness.

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    Comment number 1.

    Good point, well made doctor, but not necessary in my case. You had me at supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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    Comment number 2.

    Couldn't agree more. It does what it's meant to do and gives you a little bit more than you expected – that's what makes a good film.

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    Agree with everything you said - its a magical film. And anyone who disagrees should be slapped around the head and made to see the error of their ways.

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    Comment number 4.

    Totally agree. I'm glad that you mentioned the horror aspect because whenever I tell my friends that it's one of the scariest films I've ever seen they always laugh. A lot of modern day 'horror' directors would be well advised to watch Mary Poppins.

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    Comment number 5.

    You didn't even have to convince me; I vaguely remembered Mary Poppins as an entertaining family movie, but I caught it on TV not long ago for the first time in more than a decade and I was blown away. It's masterpiece: visually beautiful, funny, sad, and, yes, a little eerie in places. Aside from being a great family movie, it is a great movie about family; Mary doesn't come into their lives to make them happy, she comes into their lives to show them how to find their own happiness. Let's Go Fly a Kite is a joyous way to end the movie. Love it.

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    Comment number 6.

    I wondered if the YouTube Marry Poppins horror trailer was going to get a mention!

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    Comment number 7.

    It was the first film my parents took me to see at the cinema and I loved it.
    The next time they took me to the movies, my parents say I sat through whatever film it was very patiently, but when they tried to leave I had to be dragged out and left screaming "Where is Mary Poppins?" The moral being that all films should be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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    Comment number 8.

    Thank you thank you Mark. I have been explaining these very things to all my friends and family for years. But I would have to fit into that top ten list
    the reciting of the letter to the future Nanny..I still the words by heart..." If you want this choice position.." awesome.

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    Comment number 9.

    Yes, a lot of people don't realise the darker elements in a lot of old musicals - Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music, etc. Mabye that is where they are going wrong with modern musicals - making them too fluffy and 'nice' yuck.

    Whilst i'm not that taken with Mary Poppins, i recently saw Pollyanna and couldn't believe how politically sophisticated it is for a children's film - there is no way such a film would be made for kids today.

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    Comment number 10.

    Going with the 'dark is ok' family films theme, a new comedy short film called 'This Way Up' has won awards at childrens film festivals in Scandinavia, despite being conceived as an animation for adults:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/filmnetwork/A43425308

    Feature films such as Belleville Rendevous, WALL:E and The Incredibles are quality entertainment for any age - proving that the 'family audience' is more sophisticated and perhaps open minded than it is often given credit for. Having grown up on dark fairy tales and Roald Dahl, it strike me that we should be making more feature films of this ilk in the UK.

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    Comment number 11.

    really enjoyed the Q+A in Belfast on Saturday night- and agreed with all you said and thoroughly enjoyed seeing Miss Poppins on the big screen for the first time. What amazed me is how gawdamm beautiful Julie Andrews was in that film.

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    Comment number 12.

    Yes I do agree, haven't seen the film in a while but loved it when i saw it again as in 5 star loved it.

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    Comment number 13.

    Don't Worry Mark. Mary Poppins is also one of my favourite films. But I also own 30+ Takashi Miike films, so there you go. I don't think there are enough critics (not on tv anyway!) around that have a good grasp or cult and mainstream cinema

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    Comment number 14.

    I didn't realise there were so many other adults into this film. I'm a 24 year old guy in London in a workplace dominated by very masculine macho guys, and although I love all kinds of films from horror to action to drama, my friends all know with 100% certainty that Mary Poppins has been and will always be, my most favourite film ever. Songs, top-class talent, amazing special-effects and a perfect smokey-London atmosphere aside, it's just got a magic I've not seen in any other film. I've never had a nanny, and I've never met anyone like Mary Poppins in my life, but watching the film I feel like I've always known her and I feel warmed up just from watching this film, and it's the word 'warm' which is so important. There isn't enough warmth out there, and this film is like watching a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter's day. So Mark, don't worry. I don't care if my reputation is suffering because of this, I'm proud to have Mary Poppins as my favourite film and I'm so so pleased that others love it as much as I do.

 

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