Nanny McPhee Returns Reviews
Some funny parts
Some gross parts
As I said before I liked Mary Poppins better.
Those in long pants, though, be warned, that this is a busy and picturesque picture that can't help but feel static and colour-by-numbers. It's seriously hampered by Maggie Gyllenhaal's pantomime performance. She appears to be trying super hard to either look enchanted or in need of smelling salts, and never clicks with the material. Rhys Ifans's approach is similarly head-smackingly, talk-to-himself cartoonish, but it at least suits his villain. Old-pro Thompson centres proceedings, and the kids are all terrific and will be first in line if they ever decide to reboot Harry Potter.
Director: Susanna White
Summary: When Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) arrives at the Green farm, she uses her blend of magic and discipline to help frazzled Mrs. Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) run things while her husband's off fighting in World War II -- and to help the Green kids deal with their nasty cousins. Soon motorcycles start flying and statues come alive as everyone learns important lessons.
My Thoughts: "Not very many sequels live up to the potential of the first, but that doesn't seem to be the case with this film. I think I may have enjoyed this one just a smidgen more then the first film. I liked that there was ties to the first film as well. There was only a handful of good kid films made last year, and this is one of them. The film also had a great supporting cast, including the great Maggie Smith. She was very funny in the film. My niece's and nephew loved the movie and had me replaying some scenes over and over just dying of laughter. So I am sure if you have little ones around they will enjoy this film, and luckily so will you. It's a great film for everyone."
I liked it! i think the first one was better but this one certainly was entertaining!
The cast was amazing didnt know there were going to be some many big faces!
Maggie Gyllenhaal was actually really good and convincing as an english person, it was funny, light hearted and sweet! You cant help but enjoy this movie, it will really brighten up your day!!
It also sends out messages as well
i think its worth a watch only if you watch it the once it will make you feel happy!!
"Nanny McPhee Returns" is the rare sequel that improves on the original by simultaneously de-emphasizing the grotestquerie while also having a much stronger plot. That's not to say the movie does not get off to an awkward start and is still unnecessarily crude. But once it does get going, it turns into quite the enjoyable movie where valuable lessons are learned by all and we get more insight into the many people Nanny McPhee has helped over the years. Plus, I also found where all my pens have been going.
And ooh Ewan you were on like 5 minutes but it is always good to see you.
After watching the first one, this seemed repetitive and the flying and synchronized swimming pigs were a bit much for me but the kids will enjoy it am sure.
It's not as enjoyable as the first (probably because the novelty has worn off a bit and the story is very similar) and it relies a bit too much on the cgi (I'm looking at you, flying piglets!) but Thompson is still fun in the role and all of the excellent cast (this has more luvvies in than a Harry Potter film!) seem to be really enjoying themselves.
If the series is going to continue Thompson will have to make things a little harder for her character (banging her stick to solve all the problems becomes a little dull) but if it doesn't then both films are charming additions to the family film.
Manny McPhee Returns is approximately the same story as the original, but seems to be geared even more towards kids with a bunch of poop jokes and slapstick. Things I didn't find very funny were laughed at by the kids in the audience. The thing that made me actually like the movie was how, out of nowhere, I found that I was attached to the characters. I started out thinking it was too much a kids flick, what with all the simple jokes, and was just about to start paying half attention to the movie when it switched gears.
Emma Thompson is a wonderful actress. She's done so many things, and never fails to entertain me. Rhys Ifans, whom I usually love, stunk up the screen, and Maggie Gyllenhaal, one of my favorite actors, didn't provide much more entertainment initially. That all turned around (well, not Ifans' character) and, as I've stated, I ended up being attached to the characters. The kids are well cast, and all help make the movie better.
Susanna White makes her directorial debut in Nanny McPhee. It's a change from Kirk Jones, from the first Nanny McPhee, who hasn't really done much, but what he's done has been good. It would have been nice to see what Jones would have done with this material. It would have kept the movies more consistent. Mike Eley is a great director of photography. The scenery and camerawork were perfectly done to get all the visual points across well.
Nanny McPhee Returns is a fairly well done movie, and is a good children's movie. It's innocent and fun. If the third one is as good as this one, I won't be upset at all.