Thursday, 4 August 2011
This film predates me by 10 years and perhaps that's why it's very much a firm favourite of mine from childhood. It used to be shown on TV every Christmas, and many times in the months in-between I think. I would sit enchanted in front of the telly, legs crossed and singing along to every song.
Other films were there too; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Sound of Music and Grease to name just four; but Mary Poppins was the number one.
Today, on this rainy day, Rachel asked to watch Mary Poppins. Well who was I to refuse her pleas? So we watched the film, curled up warm and dry whilst the weather did it's thing. And we were not disappointed.
From the first scene you are whisked away to a vague notion of Edwardian England with it's nannies, suffragettes and chimney sweeps. And into all this floats Julie Andrews as a thoroughly modern nanny, on her talking umbrella.
There's colour changing medicine, banking crises, pavement art brought to life, dancing on the rooftops and the usual parental dilemmas, all accompanied by singing and comedy. All in all it's a perfect recipe for escaping from your worries.
But don't take my word for it, get a copy and see for yourself.