Julie Andrews once again demonstrates her great poise and elegance and proves that a woman in her sixties can still make your jaw hit the floor. Accompanied by charming newcomer Anne Hathaway, the lady we’ll always remember as Mary Poppins lights up the screen with her dashing smile and radiant eyes. Hats off, Ms. Andrews, you are the cream of the crop! Hector Elizondo mails in another “straight guy” performance and an appearance by slinky pop singer Mandy Moore is merely a part of a relatively strong supporting cast. As a warning, please don’t watch this if you’re a bunch of 20-something guys drinking beer and screwdrivers, this movie sets out to entertain 10-year old kids, and does it to a tee. It is not GLADIATOR.
A 25-minute behind-the-scenes documentary entitled “A New Princess” is hosted by the very charismatic Hathaway and mostly discusses casting decisions. With some audition footage and brief interviews with pretty much every cast member, you can catch a glimpse of whomever you’ve liked in the movie. The younger kids might like this since they get to see all the characters in a different light. For more disturbed kids, you can also watch an interview with producer, singer and noted crackhead Whitney Houston. Presented by Marshall, you can also access 8 deleted scenes totaling almost 20 minutes of footage. The scenes are cute and you can get an explanation from the director as to why they were edited out of the movie. Once again, an opportunity for kids to see more of the stars. There are also two music videos from the soundtrack of the film: “Miracles Happen” by Myra, and “Supergirl”, by the very cute Krystal. Nice.