PARENTS' POINT OF VIEW?: What's the suitable age here?
MY POINT OF VIEW?: If your child is nearly a teenager, about 12 or so, that is, if they're interested, they should be absolutely fine. Yes, there are some very sad moments and somewhat dark moments and material. But, however, there is plenty of adult themes to discuss. A woman nearly commits suicide by walking into water, and the sky is grey and murky, adding to the intensity of the scene. Her daughter pleads for her to come back. Another adult theme is the death of a parent. On stage, at a platform, a girl's father coughs up blood, as in as big as the middle three of your fingers, some in hospital, where he dies and the girl is visibly distraught --- he suddenly falls down beforehand, and the crowd gasps. There is also another adult theme --- alcoholism and depression. A man is seen, drinking and drinking and drinking and drinking and drinking, to the point where he visibly cries, distraught. There are plenty of funny moments, though, no actual violence, some brief mild language or two, some obvious consumerism, although, near the beginning where she arrives at the airport, the persons holding up the WARNER BROS. TELEVISION and MGM signs should have the old logos from 1962, not their modern, since-2007 logos. There are moderate adult themes, moderate blood, no sex whatsoever, no violence whatsoever, minimal language, no drugs apart from implied smoking, some drinking, and then some.
PARENTS' POINT OF VIEW?: This doesn't sound too bad. Do you think this should have got a PG?
MY POINT OF VIEW?: Practically, apart from the couple disturbing images, this still couldn't pass under PG-13, now coming to think of it. Because of some very upseting adult themes. Not for younger children.
PARENTS' POINT OF VIEW?: What's it about? Why would Disney themselves release a "talking" movie? Is it any good?
MY POINT OF VIEW?: Well, long story short, it's about the true story of P.L. Travers, or Pamela, played by Emma Thompson, an Academy-Award Winner (no, frankly, I am not, genuinely not, a representative of Disney themselves), who has come from Australia, to California, to meet good ol' Walt Disney himself. She is reluctant to, and it is consistently both funny and genuinely saddening. That journey includes past flashbacks to her childhood, plenty of them, and, the making of, Mary Poppins, itself. She is very strict to her vision. She won't have anything else.
Now, to the question: Why would Disney release a 'talking' movie? Well, considering, Mary Poppins is a famous Disney story, why not Disney themselves, and not their more adult company, Touchstone Pictures (Pretty Woman, Sister Act, Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets' Society, Gnomeo and Juliet, the up-and-coming 2015 film Strange Magic) --- my mini-biography of Touchstone at the end of my NEED FOR SPEED review?
Disney got more adult, starting in 2003, with the awesome Pirates of the Caribbean: the Curse of the Black Pearl, also rated PG-13. And this part-drama/part-biography showed the darker side of the story. It's just great. Tom Hanks and Thompson are top-notch. First-time Walt Disney's been ever portrayed on-screen, by... someone, else. SAVING MR BANKS---SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. Not the first time, where, TOM HANKS, himself, starred in a "SAVING" movie. Overall, very, satisfying. Loved it. Thankyou for reading.