Production values are stellar, with all the period details on display. Overall I think kids will enjoy it as its quirky and fast paced but really makes no sense and is very disjointed. A small part for Ralph Fiennes and a cameo from Ewan MacGregor cap off a very capable cast. All the poo and all the syrup makes it all seem very sticky and uncomfortable. We were hoping for the same charm in this film. As an aside, Maggie Gyllenhaal's English accent is pretty convincing! Gone is the cosy small English village of the original. The children are just fine, but I must single out Eros Vlahos who plays cousin Cyril and Lil Woods in the role of Megsie Green.
As to Thompson herself, she is sublime when required, understated when the surrounding action demands. So on that note, Nanny McPhee Returns comes much recommended from me. It was adapted by Emma Thompson from Christianna Brand s Nurse Matilda books. The child actors are not up to par with the first one but again kids will miss this. Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.
Oscar Steer as Vincent Green, the youngest of the Green children. If you're looking for an adult friendly film to see along with your rugrats, then think again. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang at Box Office Mojo Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang at Rotten Tomatoes. While I can't recommend this movie for your own grown-up or even teen-agers' night out, your younger kids will just love it. The audience I saw this movie with was made up of very young kids and they loved it. Then they drop a giant bomb on the whole thing. The special effects were very well done and the comedy in it was delightful.
Emma Thompson did a great job as Nanny McPhee again. Watch it for what it is - a modern take on the old Mary Poppins story - and you won't be disappointed. Once the lessons are learned, Nanny McPhee leaves. And she's accompanied in the film by many compelling actors like Rhys Ifans, Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, and Maggie Gyllenhaal who sounds fine sporting an English accent. This film seemed to be in a great hurry to finish all the lessons Nanny wanted to teach without us ever knowing what they were.
Maggie Gyllenhall's English accent is superb, in fact I spent a good part of the first half of the movie trying to work out where I'd seen her before she was that good. Its a definite must see for all ages and you'll not be disappointed. The children also have wonderful chemistry, and emit infinite sparkling charm and innocence with every frame. Meanwhile the children's' vile London cousins come to stay - two little brats who bawk at the state of the earthy farm abode. I'll tell you, though, that every last four, five, and six year-old in the theatre giggled, gasped, laughed, and cooed right when they were supposed to.
Relying on everything from a flying motorcycle and a statue that comes to life to a tree-climbing piglet and a baby elephant who turns up in the oddest places, Nanny McPhee uses her magic to teach her mischievous charges five new lessons. And in the end, that should be the yardstick by which any film aimed at younger cinema-goers should be measured. The lessons were taught after one incident of naughty behavior. Ultimately this is a family film, written for children - talking to them, not at them and carrying a very sensitive message at its heart. And the special effects involving the animals also rate highly with me. Another of the original 2005 film's many virtues was its wealth of sub-plots and dimensions. Gyllenhaal's offspring and the cousins who convincingly transition from spoiled rotten to more socially appealing during the picture.
The reviewer who likened her performance to that of Roger Moore does not, I would suggest, appreciate either the characterisation of the Nanny McPhee role much can be, and is, portrayed by simple facial expressions or the very real acting ability of our erstwhile Bond. If you've seen the first Nanny McPhee movie, then you know the premise of the second: A harried single parent this time a woman played by Maggie Gyllenhaal is overwhelmed by her three children plus two cousins from London who come to stay at her small farm. Ewen McGregor coming on at the end to snog Maggie. The immensely talented Emma Thompson returns to play and write the story of the ultimately wonderful yet outwardly repulsive nanny of the film's title, who assists another desperate single parent by taming their mischievous bunch of spirited youngsters. Nanny McPhee, of course, takes the children promptly in hand and wastes no time teaching them the lessons they need to learn. . It had its moments where the lessons were being taught and the whole drama about the farm which got your sympathy however that is all it got-sympathy.
In the final analysis, this is a better film than its predecessor. Miss Thompson is an attractive lady and the make-up department totally changed her for this role. However, I didn't like brother Phil's story. There is no doubt that the cast are superb, and the undisputed highlight of the whole picture. Language Release 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Arabic 0 Big 5 Code 0 B. The actors young and old performed brilliantly making the whole thing enchanting and a highly believable fantasy. There's also a heart-rending tie-in to the first film.
The mother, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal is obliged the sell the land to her nasty brother Rhys Ifans , a slimy character who will not rest till he gets his way. Asa Butterfield as Norman Green, the eldest of the Green children. Unfortunately, we found it lacking. So, if you want your children to see a film that is completely harmless with a bit of a moral then this is the movie for you. In short, this is a lovely, well-written, beautifully cast film that's executed with great affection and makes maximum use of its chocolate-box locations. Rhys Ifans shows what an accomplished comic actor he is, even if his performance as Uncle Phil seems to draw much, both in characterisation and delivery, from that of Matt Dillon's portrayal of Healy in There's Something About Mary.
To add to her stress, her elderly employer Mrs Docherty a delightfully senile Maggie Smith cannot be left alone in her own shop, for fear of disaster. There is also her scheming brother-in-law Phil Rhys Ifans at his erratic, despicable, scraggly best seizing opportunities to prise the ownership of the farm out of her hands, and into those of two ghastly female brutes a spine-tingling pair of Katy Brand and Sinead Matthews actually evoke sympathy for the villainous Phil who are relentlessly terrorising him. In desperation, she calls in help from Nanny McPhee Emma Thompson. There's also an appearance by Ewan McGregor in a role I don't want to reveal. The young actors worked together and made the movie seem real.