Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

In "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," Oscar®-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she's needed the most and wanted the least in the next chapter of the hilarious and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world. In the latest installment, Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a harried young mother, Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she's arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green's children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave. 3.1 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

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Certificate
Genre Family / Children
Director Susanna White
Cast Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Bill Bailey Rhys Ifans
Studio Universal Pictures UK
Release Date March 2010
Running Time 109 mins
 

In "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang," Oscar®-winning actress and screenwriter Emma Thompson returns to the role of the magical nanny who appears when she's needed the most and wanted the least in the next chapter of the hilarious and heartwarming fable that has enchanted children around the world. In the latest installment, Nanny McPhee appears at the door of a harried young mother, Mrs. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war. But once she's arrived, Nanny McPhee discovers that Mrs. Green's children are fighting a war of their own against two spoiled city cousins who have just moved in and refuse to leave.

Reviews

The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

It's admirably uncool and blissfully uninterested in cinematic fashion. Whatever other critics say, I am sure that audiences are going to love it - not only now, but for many years to come.

26/03/2010

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The Times

Kate Muir

Children will laugh at the derring-do of their peers, while adults will feel that they are in a long Cath Kidston advert, and may weep discreetly.

26/03/2010

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Thompson has written a properly funny script, which is performed superbly by Ifans, Maggie Smith, Bill Bailey, Ralph Fiennes and some estimable child actors. It isn't quite the classic it might have been, though, because the second half isn't as splendid as the first.

28/03/2010

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

She’s Mary Poppins meets Gina Ford — just one whack of her magic stick and she can sort out any problem. Full of icky comedy — plenty of poo jokes — and heart, this is old-fashioned entertainment.

28/03/2010

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The Observer

Philip French

Maggie Smith and Ralph Fiennes make brief guest appearances and there's a performance of astonishing confidence from the exotically named 15-year-old Eros Vlahos as an outrageous little snob.

28/03/2010

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The Daily Telegraph

David Gritten

It’s hard to feel ill-disposed towards a family film that treats the children in the audience as intelligent citizens rather than just young consumers, and presents its child characters as complex people with contradictions, nuances and surprising traits.

25/03/2010

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

It’s bitty and rather light on mounting excitement, yet Thompson the writer smuggles in cheery elements of Enid Blyton and ‘A Little Princess’, the frolicking Old Spot piglets are a delight, and Nanny’s resourceful jackdaw Edelweiss a cult hero in the making. Director Susanna White, surely one to watch, manages some disarming emotional grace notes under the circumstances.

25/03/2010

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Empire Magazine

Nick de Semylen

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

04/04/2010

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

We spend two hours ankle-deep in slapstick, magic and what the farmyard-repelled posh boy calls “poo”. High points include a Busby Berkeley musicalised swimming sequence with piglets, a brilliant visual gag involving a silhouetted profile in a doorway, and two or three droll put-downs smartly delivered by Master Posh (Eros Vlahos).

26/03/2010

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Variety

Leslie Felperin

A spoonful of sugar, a half-cup of schmaltz and some synchronized-swimming CGI piglets help the moral medicine go down a second time in family-friendly "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang." Noisy, as its title might suggest, but good, muck-splattered fun, this sequel follows the same narrative trajectory as its cash-cow predecessor, but transplants the title character to WWII-era Blighty to train a whole new family.

10/03/2010

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

The movie punches out broad entertainment for little kids effectively, and I predict excellent returns. But the only spark of real comedy was Bill Bailey's relaxed cameo as a local farmer with a reverence for the intellect of pigs.

25/03/2010

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The cast I could take or leave, but I did love the piglets and their synchronised swimming.

26/03/2010

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