‘Mary Poppins: 40th Anniversary Edition’ proves this classic still has charm

Julie Andrews stars in the iconic role of 'Mary Poppins'
Julie Andrews stars in the iconic role of ‘Mary Poppins’

[rating=4]Starring: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, Ed Wynn
Director(s): Robert Stevenson
Writer(s): Screenplay by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi; Based upon the “Mary Poppins” books by P.L. Travers

I think it’s probably arguable that Mary Poppins was Disney’s crowing live action achievement in film. This wildly popular film has undoubtedly been seen by generations of children and adults, and has become an indelible part of American pop culture.

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‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’ is goofy & light-hearted

[rating=2]Starring: Anne Hathaway, Heather Matarazzo, John Rhys-Davies, Hector Elizondo, Julie Andrews
Director(s): Garry Marshall
Writer(s): Screenplay by Shondra Rhimes; Story by Gina Wendkos and Shonda Rhimes; Based upon characters created by Meg Cabot

Anne Hathaway gets wooed by John Rhys-Davies in 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement'
Anne Hathaway gets wooed by John Rhys-Davies in ‘The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement’

How do you criticize a movie like this? I mean, honestly? Sure I could cut into it, but seriously, that’d be like picking on the buck-toothed kid in the playground. It’d be so easy, but it would just be mean.

Princess Diaries 2 is a goofy, light-hearted piece of film. It’s got more fluff than cotton candy on a pillow. It’s just plain innocent fun. Anne Hathaway is adorably clumsy, and the story is nearly cartoonish in its treatment of the characters. It’s a live action Disney film in the tradition of harmless, pretty Disney pictures.

What else can I say? How about talking about the story a bit.

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