The widower Cedric Brown (Colin Firth – Bridget Jones's Diary, Love Actually) has recently lost his wife and has seven unruly children, Simon (Thomas Sangster – Tristan and Isolde, Love Actually), Tora (Eliza Bennett – The Prince and Me), Eric (Raphael Coleman – first film), Lily (Jennifer Rae Daykin – first film), Christianna (Holly Gibbs – first film), Sebastien (Sam Honywood – first film), and baby Aggie, who have gone through 17 nannies in a short period of time. Even the nanny agency will not find another nanny for him. On top of this, Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury – Beauty and the Beast, Bedknobs and Broomsticks), who financially supports the family, has threatened to cut Cedric's allowance if he does not find a woman to marry by the end of the month. Cedric has heard whisperings of a Nanny McPhee, but does not know how to contact her. One evening as Cedric, the cook, Mrs. Blatherwick (Imelda Staunton – Vera Drake, Much Ado About Nothing) and scullery maid, Evangeline (Kelly MacDonald – The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Gosford Park) are at their wits end with the children, the doorbell rings and in walks Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Remains of the Day). Nanny McPhee proceeds to tell Cedric that she will stay as long as it takes to teach the children five lessons. The children at first believe that they will be able to be rid of her just like all the other nannies, but soon they realize that there is something 'magical' about her.
Anytime you have a screenplay written by the talented Oscar Award winning Emma Thompson and a first-rate British cast in a film you know you are in for a treat. Nanny McPhee did not disappoint! It is a cute family film that will entertain parent and child alike. There are enough pratfalls, animals and slapstick comedy in it to entertain the kids and some nice life lessons that the parents will approve of. You know exactly what is going to happen in this modern day Mary Poppins / fairy tale film from the very beginning, but that is not a bother. The story is warm, well-written and intelligent enough to compensate for that. The acting is all top notch especially Emma Thompson; who could have played the character really over-the-top, but chose to play it quite understatedly. Director Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine) has made a visually stunning film filled with eye catching colours. He has also not dumbed down the script for the sake of his young target audience. Nanny McPhee is a light and positive DVD which will capture the imagination and heart of all ages.
DVD Special Features:
Alternate Opening (Nannies of the World)
Jowls and Wheen Walk at Night
Mr. Brown and Evangeline
Mr. Sapless and the Pink Chair
Jowls and Wheen Surprise Mr. Brown
The Tea Party
Nanny in Disguise
Casting the Children
-Nanny McPhee Makeover
By Kirk Jones (Director) and the Children
ByLindsay Doran (Producer) and Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee)