A Movie for Adult Fans of Mary Poppins!
Published on Friday, March 28, 2014 - 8:44am
Did you read the Mary Poppins books as a child, or maybe to your own children as an adult? Or maybe you just loved the movie--with Dick van Dyke and Julie Andrews, what's not to like? Then there's just plain curiosity as to how a movie musical gets made in the first place.
If any of these categories sound like you, then the Martin Luther King Memorial Library series of Popular Movies has a treat for you on Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. The movie is based on the book by Valerie Lawson, Mary Poppins She Wrote, a biography of P. L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins books -- especially about the time Ms. Travers spent working with Walt Disney (contending with, would be a better description) on the making of the Disney movie.
Through beautifully filmed, almost magical, flashbacks, we also see her as a little girl with her father, who created the magic for her, as well as causing the sorrows she suffered as a child because of his weakness for drink.
The movie, which stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, is geared to adults and older children, but for young children, a few of the flashback scenes would be disturbing, though not terribly graphic. It's definitely not a "children's movie." The film does a lovely job of showing things from several perspectives, and manages to make the viewer understand and sympathize with all of them, not an easy feat. It is thought provoking, funny, and touching.
Even if you never read the books or watched the Disney movie, you may want to after seeing this one. If you were already a fan, this will give you a new perspective as to who Mary Poppins really came to help.
This movie is part of the Page to Screen film series at the library.