- Daniel StJohn
A few days ago my wife and I were in the car listening to the radio on one of our long journeys home from work when we heard about the new Marry Poppins movie teaser trailer was out. Interested, I had her pull it up on YouTube and we watched it. Pretty typical of a teaser trailer, it left us wanting to know more. Then…out of nowhere my wife hits me with, “I’ve never actually seen the original…” I about did a spit take in the car. She had NEVER seen the original 1964 Marry Poppins starring Julie Andrews and the ever-classic Dick van Dyke.
How on earth could anyone successfully go through childhood into adolescence and into adulthood without never having seen Marry Poppins??? It made me question (six years later) what I had gotten myself into. I couldn’t have that so I quickly decided that was not going to stand in my house. I swung by Wal-Mart to see if they had it, and as usual they were extremely less than helpful (should’ve known but damn those benefits of the doubt). My next stop was to Best Buy because they HAVE to have such a classic, and they did. Bought it and immediately drove home to show her what she has been missing.
The best way I was able to describe it to her before it started was Nanny McPhee on acid; pretty accurate if I say so myself. While watching it, I was flooded with memories of watching it as a child, hanging out at my grandparents’ house and hearing those songs that were engrained into my mind. “Spoon Full of Sugar”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, and “Chim-Chimney” have always been in the back of my head, popping out on random occasions. There were parts of the movie that I completely forgot about such as the laughing uncle scene or the bank hysteria scene. I also forgot about how long it was, sitting at just over two hours! Talk about luck getting us children to sit still during the whole thing.
After the movie was over she said that she really enjoyed it. It will definitely be interesting to see how the new Marry Poppins, starring Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep, will fare. We can look forward to our spoons full of sugar on Christmas Day (December 25 – for those who were unsure) of 2018. In the meantime, “Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height”!