Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang (Film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 15 October, 2010, 12:00am

Nanny McPhee returns with her signature accent in the fun family flick Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang. The film is a sequel to the 2005 original based on the Nurse Matilda series of books penned by the late Christianna Brand.

The story is set in wartime England. Isabel Green (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is taking care of her children alone has her husband Rory (Ewan McGregor) has gone to fight. Isabel can barely cope with all her work and mothering duties, and poverty threatens to force her to give up their farm. Meanwhile, the children's spoiled cousins arrive from London to escape the bombings, and there is chaos.

Then one day, Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson) magically arrives on the doorstep.

Directed by Susanna White, the sequel blends a strong moral message with a wonderful concept. McPhee's gradual mutation from witch to angel is brilliant, and the clever word play will be a delight for youngsters.

Gyllenhaal puts on a wonderful performance as the caring yet overworked mum. However, fans of McGregor will be disappointed, as his screen-time is less than two minutes. Talk about a waste of talent! But the film is still a delightful addition to the film genre that Mary Poppins created almost half a century years ago.