“The Nanny you need…is NANNY MCPHEE!” – *SPOILERS*

A children's film Nanny McPhee may be, as it was after all, based on the classic (but little known in Malaysia) Nurse Matilda children's books by author Christianna Brand, but it is still a delightful watch to the young and old…judging by the guffaws and laughter from mostly the adults in the cinema that I was in. And I must say too, that I had a wonderful time watching the antics of the Brown children as they think up of the ingenious yet brilliantly naughty ways to get rid of their nannies and also their prospective step-mother.

This is a film filled with pleasant anecdotes on the lessons children should learn if you want them to behave – and among them includes go to bed when you are told, get up from bed when you are told, listen to your child and two more which escaped me at the moment. Nonetheless, this film also showcased more than just lessons to be learnt but also wonderful acting from all the ault actors who looked to be having a whole lot of fun making this, especially Colin Firth as the widower Mr. Brown and Emma Thompson as the title character Nanny McPhee.

Nanny McPhee revolves around the story of Mr Brown who is on a quest for a new wife after he was given an ultimatum by Great Aunt Adelaide (Angela Lansbury ) to find one for his children or the allowances she has been giving the Brown family will stop and the children taken away from him. However, Mr Brown was not quite ready to find a lady to fill the shoes of his dear departed wife.

This dilemma not only causes him to lose sight of his seven extremely naughty but bright and beautiful children, leaving them in the care of a nanny but also blind to the pinings of his young servant girl, Evangline (Kelly MacDonald ) who nurses a longing for Mr Brown and also practically the only one who could tolerate and love the children.

At this point, I could not help but want to wring the neck of Mr Brown and tell him "Wake up, you dolt! There's a servant girl right in front of you who's been loving you from afar and you're so out of it to notice it!"

But then again, if he does, we woudn't have a movie now, wouldn't we?

Indeed, the whole film is rather predictable as in you know what is going to happen next and you are so sure of a happy ending even though the story may seem to be heading towards the opposite end. But you could always trust Nanny McPhee, the magical and mysterious nanny who appears at the doorstep of the Brown household one stormy, rainy night after the Brown children, led by the eldest and smartest and also the most petulant child – Simon (the delightfully adorable Thomas Sangster ), had scared off the 17th nanny who is supposedly the most strict of all the nannies the children had scared off.

With a little help of her magic, change instantly began in the Brown household and the children slowly found themselves outwitted and outplayed by the magical nanny who has a few tricks up her sleeves. But she has made it clear to the children that "When you need me, but do not want me, then I will stay. When you want me, but do not need me, then I have to go." Of course, Simon and the children vehemently spat back at her "WE WOULD NEVER WANT YOU!"

Of course, we would all be chuckling inside and say to ourselves "Oh sure…wait till what happens next" and what do you know, the children slowly changed, started to mind their P's and Q's much to their father's and also everyone's surprise. So the children slowly began to warm up to the new nanny, even though they were initially unwilling and together, they ensured that their father gets married to the right person the moment they realised what will happen if their father does not get married by the end of the month.

I don't know about you, but there's always something about British movies played by authentic British actors that have a soft spot in my heart and Nanny McPhee is one of them. Therefore, I might let in a bit more bias and favour for the movie. One thing that stands out in the film has to be the lovely costumes and the interior decoration of the Brown family household. Bright colours against the dark blue interior of the household matched perfectly together, seemingly to tell us that there's still life in this house despite the depressiveness of the condition of the family. Partly why the children turned out the way they did is because it is their weapon of protection against evil, wicked stepmothers that they've read in the fairy tales. Not one ever treats the children nicely and so, the children presumed that it is so in real0life stepmothers as well.

As one who is studying counselling, I thought this was rather obvious. The children are obviously afraid of the thought of their father getting married to an evil person. And they regarded all their nannies as evil person because of the way they were treated and it was away to ensure that the father pays attention to them. There's no doubt that the father loves his seven children, but he simply doesn't know how to show it – to one extent that he shouted at Simon in one scene where he tries to reestablish communication with his father but Mr. Brown ended it by shouting at him. Certainly not the right way to talk with your child.

Nevertheless, this is a very wonderful, quite enjoyable movie for the whole family. Thompson, who also wrote the screenplay, has masterly created a timeless story about a single father trying his best to give his seven children a good mother despite the circumstances. If that doesn't warm your heart, you must certainly have the coldest of hearts.

This is certainly a good movie for me to take my mind off the troubles I recently had, and I would certainly not mind giving this another watch in the cinemas. My rating for this movie is 9/10.


  1. The pictures! where are the pictures?!! Nice outing by the way. Enjoyed it a lot.

  2. If you read the previous post, the one before this one, you would’ve noticed that I said it will be out in due time. So do wait a little longer as there are other pressing matters I have to do first…

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