I would never be accused of being a frequent moviegoer, since I average about one per year. That would make this year an anomaly since with over 3 months to go, I have seen three already. What in the name of Cecil B DeMille could be happening? Perhaps Hollywood is making better movies or better yet it could be the old even a blind pig finds an acorn concept.( If that needs explaining the reader must be somewhat younger than this writer.)
Anyway, the most recent of the three was “The Return of Nanny McPhee” which featured the talented Emma Thompson in the title role as well as writer) with an excellent pair of supporting actresses in Dame Maggie Smith and Maggie Gyllenhaal. There were a number of young actors and actresses with prominent roles as well. Quite a feat to have two Oscar winners onboard.
However, as is often the case with yours truly and movies, I picked out a quite different character as my favorite. He was important of course, but more as comic relief and maybe, maybe a bit of a role model. His name was “Mr Edelweiss” from the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein song that we all remember from The Sound of Music. Almost forgot to mention that Mr Edelweiss is a jackdaw.
At first, I was debating on him being either a crow or a raven, to which he is related, of course. The Independent has a wonderful article on the movie on March 24 accompanied by a video where Ms Thompson talks about the use of the bird(s) in the movie. It was intriguing to learn that 3 jackdaws were used in the making of the film and that all 3 were rescue birds.
She also gives a bit of background on the naughty bird. It seems that Mr Edelweiss had done something quite wrong in the past and was forever attempting to return to Nanny McPhee’s good graces. Ergo, the use of the phrase, “you know what you did” and being banished from Nanny McPhee’s shoulder, a place of honor indeed. The interaction between the two was delightful and indeed according to the movie’s producer the bird was a very important character. Perhaps an illustration for the children with whom she was working.Even his penchant for burping after eating his favorite snack of window putty becomes crucial in the end. He is able to peck through the putty on the poential deadly bomb and thus assist in preventing its explosion. Thus he redeems himself and is perched securely on Nanny McPhee’s shoulder as she disappears in the distance at movie’s end.
Athough this is not a movie review per se, I must share a quote from Ms Thompson in closing.”That’s the whole point of a really good movie,isn’t it? Something to be shared.” Indeed, whether it be human or jackdaw!
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