A Great and Relevant Movie

Recently I saw the movie Mary Poppins for the very first time.  For some reason, I just never saw it as a kid.  So having children allows for redeeming missed opportunities: this is part of the blessing of being a parent.  I always liked Dick Van Dyke (a sort of precursor to Jim Carrey) and Julie Andrews (I always knew her from another great movie, The Sound of Music).  But the character I, unfortunately, most identified with was Mr. George Banks.  He was sort of an uptight curmudgeon who was constantly barking out orders and rules, and scarcely finding time for his children.  The crux of the movie occurs when Mary Poppins sings about feeding the birds in front of the bank.  This initiates a sequence of events that comes down harshly on George.  As he goes in the last sequences to accept his fate at the bank, he finally realizes that the nuisance of Mary Poppins and her “Supercalifragilistic-expialidocius” singing, playing, and going on outings had struck a deep nerve as to what was important.  This movie is very relevant today, especially to the dad (or mom) who is too busy to take time with their precious children:  I want to be the George Banks at the end of the movie.

In summary, what an all time classic this show is.  It is highly entertaining and carries a deep and powerful message about priorities in a society that prides itself on business (or busy-ness) and financial and status advancement.  I give it two thumbs up!

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Published in: on July 31, 2006 at 2:01 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. You have touched upon one of my favorite movies of all time. I too can relate to Mr. Banks, but I believe that the reason I like the show so much is the vast number of really entertaining songs. I really like the whole cast and especially Dick Van Dyke & Julie Andrews. It’s just good fun all the way around. I will never forget the two boys dancing about the living room to Step in Time.


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