For most of the movie, I was wondering why Emma Thompson’s character was so bitter and hateful. The constant flashbacks was also somewhat confusing. Why do we need to flashback every couple of minutes? Heck, for the first part of the movie, probably half the movie was nothing but flashbacks.These are the things that cause the movie to drag and drag badly. I started looking at my watch. Was it time to leave?
Then, toward the latter 3rd of the movie, there is a scene between Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson which makes this movie worth watching. The acting is second to none. Hanks and Thompson in a room just acting. One on One. Their reactions. Their faces. Their phasing is just wonderful. The writing is perfect. The lighting was perfect. Thankfully, the director did not try to do too much. He simply let the actors act. It is why this movie is worth seeing. This is why this movie is magical. (Oh and it helps if you are a Mary Poppins fan. If you can sing along, it really makes the movie a little more special. Let me add that there are only a few movies which are as “magical” and wonderful as Mary Poppins.) (more…)