Mary Poppins

Title: Mary Poppins
Year: 1964
Length: 139 minutes
Director: Robert Stevenson
Writers: Bill Walsh & Don DaGradi, based on books by P.L. Travers
Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber
Music: Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Actress (Andrews), Best Song (“Chim Chim Cher-ee”), Best Score, Best Visual Effects and Best Editing; Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography (color), Best Score (adaptation or treatment), Best Art Direction/Set Decoration (color), Best Costume Design (color) and Best Sound

My reaction
Synopsis: Edwardian children get a magic nanny
How I saw it: on video a couple times (have on VHS), most recently yesterday
Concept: Good.
Story: Terrible. I’m not sure there is one.
Characters: Indifferent.
Dialog: Good.
Pacing: Bad.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Good. I guess, on average. But a lot of it is bad.
Music: Bad. Andrews sings well, and there are a couple nice tunes, but mostly it’s incessantly-catchy crap. This is the sort of movie I have in mind when I say I don’t like musicals.
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent). They sing and dance, then they sing, then they dance, then they sing some more, then Dick Van Dyke might do something funny, then they sing and dance… and so on.
Objective Rating: 2.1/4 (Okay).


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