Nanny McPhee (2005)

“The person you need is Nanny McPhee. The person you need is Nanny McPhee.”

Mr Brown (Colin Firth) has seven extremely naughty children. After their mother died they felt unwanted and replaced, so rebelling is the way they went. They got rid of the last seventeen nannies, so what’s another nanny to them? The mission is to get rid of this new nanny, but not so easy as it sounds. Introducing Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson), a government nanny. A magical nanny. A monobrow, bulging nose, warts and a stuck-out tooth, this nanny has strict rules and unconventional ways of teaching them. But one thing you need to know is one rule about this nanny, she has Sunday afternoon’s off, and… “When you need me but do not want me, I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go.”

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There is actually quite a lot to the plot, which makes it such a great film. Set in the past but relating to their struggles; a conflicted and in pain father trying to do all he can to keep his children safe and together. A strict Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury) ordering her nephew-in-law to remarry for a motherly figure in the children’s lives. Seven children feeling abandoned by their father as they rebel against him in the dark not knowing what he is doing for them. Seven children just wanting to spend time with their father and still grieving over their lost mother. The leader of the children, the eldest son, Simon (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), headstrong and the most upset. Also meet the scullery maid, Evangeline (Kelly Macdonald), dedicated in becoming educated. Finally, the cook, Mrs Blatherwick, which I can’t really come to grips with when I found out who plays her. The woman who repeatedly claims the children won’t disturb her in her kitchen, “I have it in writing”, or the woman who thinks the family won’t be all together happily until it “snows in August”; this is played by Imelda Staunton, the one and only Professor Umbridge, in a character that couldn’t be further away from the hated Professor who tortures Harry in Hogwarts.

This is a brilliant film, it’s a great comedy and fantasy family film, but also has a lot of emotional moments with the lost mother, but this all adds to the heart-warming overall feel of the movie. It’s a must-see film, one of the classics! It’s one of those films that can be enjoyed by everyone, fun and creative, but also beautiful and heartening. All the children are creative and different in their own way to bring something new to the film, the rebellions are fun and comical, the struggles are real, but the family is a big one and one to love. It’s just a great film, that makes everyone feel wonderful in the end. If you haven’t seen this film then I wonder what you’re doing tonight, adding this film to the list and watching it straight away! It’s never a let-down. Happily, there is also a second film, ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ and this one isn’t a let-down either! How can a creative film great as this one be one to not to be watched?

Nanny McPhee - children

Even if she pops out from nowhere, Nanny McPhee “did knock”.

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