In this dark and witty fable Emma Thompson portrays a person of unsettling appearance and magical powers who enters the household of the recently widowed Mr. Brown (Colin Firth) and attempts to tame his seven exceedingly ill-behaved children. The children have managed to drive away 17 previous nannies but as Nanny McPhee takes control, they begin to notice that their vile behaviour now leads swiftly and magically to rather startling consequences.
What a great little film! I loved it's charm, simplicity and the cast - including the kids are great. It's so good seeing Emma Thompson back on top - we always preferred you to Kenneth! Her performance is great and Colin Firth and Kelly MacDonald should also get a mention for thier perfrect chemistry. Imelda Staunton is wonderful as always, as the mad cook. The story line is predictable, but that doesn't matter. Some of the practical jokes played by the children are genius and I only wish I'd had the guts to do stuff like that when I was little!
I would watch this film if you have a house full of kids and it's raining, or if there are no kids around, watch it anyway instead of the eaastenders omnibus - you'll come away with a nice warm feeling.
Great for children
- Nanny McPhee review by Chris Barnes
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Very well put together and well acted film that missed being great by a whisker. I think there is just a little too much sugar at the end and the writing could have been a little tighter but overall excellent entertainment.
Emma Thompson in particular was splendid in the title role although all the performances were of a high standard.
Nanny McPhee - Perfect family viewing
- Nanny McPhee review by CS
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A modern version of Mary Poppins in the typically camp, if not slightly over the top American style of gothic filmaking akin to films like 'A series of unfortunate Adventures' and the remake of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'. The actors camp it up in fine style and actually look like they had great fun making the film. Not being familiar with the original 'Nurse Matilda' stories, from which this is taken, I found the storyline to be very thin. The special effects were everywhere, but not that special. And it really did look like the film makers had pinched scenes from lots of other peoples films, such as the winter scenes from 'Narnia', or the witchy scenes from Road Dahl's 'Witches' etc. But the whole film is brought together in such a lighthearted, wickedly camp way, that makes for a great family film. A real romp of fun. Children and adults will love this film and associate themselves with the characters, you can really get inside and get carried away with all the action.
For those with hearing loss, the subtitles in English are good. And as this is presented in widescreen format, the subtitles appear on the bottom black section, nicely complimenting rather than struggling with the film.