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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Tom Hanks
Emma Thompson
Ruth Wilson
Colin Farrell
Rachel Griffiths
Paul Giamatti
Jason Schwartzman
Bradley Whitford
B.J. Novak
Directors
John Lee Hancock
Screenwriters
Kelly Marcel
Sue Smith
Running Time
125 minutes

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There's something about Mary


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Plot
1961, and Walt Disney (Hanks) launches a final attempt to persuade author P. L. Travers (Thompson) to sign over the rights to Mary Poppins so he can put it on the screen. The writer, strapped for cash, is forced to at least consider his proposal, but finds his charm offensive. And as flashbacks show, her love of the characters is linked to her own past.


Verdict
This is not a simple story of an uptight English woman induced to loosen up by those freedom-lovin’ Yanks, but a delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future. Emma Thompson, in particular, is magic.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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