Maggie Gyllenhall plays Mrs. Green, a young wife and mother who is left on a farm outside a small village in wartime Britain. Her husband is off to war. Though it is never specifically named, the clues indicate it is World War II. The precious jar of dad’s jam, and the cousins who came to stay at the farm are reminiscent to that era, but the history lesson is never made evident. Nanny McPhee arrives to help the mom, and uses her magic to teach the children five new, and extremely valuable, lessons while she is there.
The movie had some very funny episodes, but also some sad ones. Never in my life would I have expected to become so caught up in the problems Nanny McPhee was trying to solve.
Perhaps I will be among the minority, but I liked this movie better than the first one. The only disappointment is that some important points could have been made and weren’t, and that issues were left unresolved, probably forever.
I give this movie 4 stars.
Directed by Susanna White
Written by Emma Thompson
Released by Universal Pictures
Produced by Lindsay Doran, Tim Bevan, and Eric Fellner
Genre: Comedy, family, fantasy
Release date (USA) August 20, 2010
1 hour 48 minutes
Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee): I liked her better in this movie than I did the last one. We got to meet others who learned how to become responsible citizens from Nanny McPhee.
Maggie Gyllenhall (Mrs. Green): She is Everywoman. I loved it when she frantically ran to catch Nanny McPhee.
Rhys Ifans (Uncle Phil): Will we ever know more about this man?
Maggie Smith (Mrs. Docherty): What a sweetie!
Ralph Fiennes (Lord Gray) When we meet him, we know where the kids got it from.
Asa Butterfield (Norman): One of 3 children helping with the farm
Lil Woods (Megsie): excellent acting; the only daughter of Mrs. Green
Oscar Steer (Vincent): the 3rd child helping with the farm
Rosie Taylor-Ritson (Celia) One bratty, spoiled cousin
Eros Vlahos (Cyril) The other bratty, spoiled cousin
IMDb, Nanny McPhee Returns 2010 : I could never have remembered that entire cast by myself