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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
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Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Rhys Ifans
Asa Butterfield
Maggie Smith
Emma Thompson.
Directors
Susanna White.
Screenwriters
Emma Thompson.
Running Time
109 minutes

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Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang
The ugly but loveable nanny whips more tykes into shape


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Plot
This sequel shifts the story of horrendously ugly Nanny McPhee (Thompson) from Edwardian England to a group of kids evacuated from the city to a farm during World War II.


Review
Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang
It’s been 100 years since she sorted out a harried Victorian household, and this sequel sees the bewarted baby-sitter back to bring her magical brand of discipline to bear on a family during World War II.

The ensuing madness, orchestrated by director Susanna White (Generation Kill), involves flying pigs, a burping jackdaw and London landmarks coming alive, plus cameos from Ralph Fiennes and Ewan McGregor.

This property clearly means a lot to Emma Thompson, who again has both written the script and played the title character — there’s a genuine warmth here you don’t find in many SFX-laden family films. Our two complaints: the subplot with Rhys Ifans being hunted by two women after one of his organs (not that one) is just weird, while Nanny McPhee herself still lacks the charm of Mary Poppins. That may be intentional, but an extra spoonful of sugar wouldn’t have hurt.


Verdict
With flying pigs and magical nannying, this will charm children - but it could have been a little more charming for adults.


Reviewed by Nick de Semlyen

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JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST

Neither are groundbreaking but they are really good family films that both children and adults can enjoy together - Something that is sadly becoming harder to find with todays mix of family entertainment. ... More

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Posted by bobbyperu at 20:07, 24 February 2011 | Report This Post


JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST

Neither are groundbreaking but they are really good family films that both children and adults can enjoy together - Something that is sadly becoming harder to find with todays mix of family entertainment. ... More

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Posted by bobbyperu at 20:07, 24 February 2011 | Report This Post


Tragic. ... More

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Posted by reminn at 11:53, 03 November 2010 | Report This Post


Better Than The First

Without doubt, Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang is better than the first. It's funnier, fast paced, excellent pefomances from a great well known cast, beautiful scenery and a enchanting story. Highly recommened. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 10:03, 25 July 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Could not disagree more with this review

Really good fun, beautfully shot, with some great old fashioned british comic moments, and exciting magic scenes. Brillant cast from top to bottom. 7/10 ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 22:46, 21 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Could not disagree more with this review

totally perfect for a family outing. better than no. 1. its delightful 7+/10 (10/10 for kids) ... More

Posted by empire No. 1 at 06:56, 21 April 2010 | Report This Post


Could not disagree more with this review

Went to see it last night and found it to be as utterly charming and whimsical as the first, if not more so. The reviewer has missed the point in saying 'Nanny McPhee herself still lacks the charm of Mary Poppins' - she is meant to be sterner and more authoritarian and there should be a feeling of uncertainty about her. Look at the Roald Dahl books for further proof: children love that the idea that even the sympathetic characters in a story may not be entirely friendly or approachable. ... More

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Posted by Revstar at 12:21, 16 April 2010 | Report This Post


Nanny 2

Great fun, and far better than any family film that has come from the US in 3D for quite a while! And it could be a lesson in how to make CGI look charming and magical. ... More

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Posted by Pipkin3 at 14:40, 07 April 2010 | Report This Post


RE: Nanny McPhee And The Big Bang

Better than the first one! And Bill Bailey is in it!! 7/10 ... More

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Posted by robwillphill at 14:51, 04 April 2010 | Report This Post



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