I haven’t seen the original Mary Poppins movie with Julie Andrews since I was a kid. I think that’s because I didn’t especially enjoy it. But I am a huge fan of both Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and several friends talked about how charming the movie is, so I decided to give it a try. At first, I was kind of annoyed at it. The first scene of the Banks family getting ready in the morning while pipes burst and lawyers knock on the door felt forced and fake. I felt unmoved by what felt like forced whimsy for quite a while. It wasn’t until Blunt and Miranda performed the song A Cover is Not the Book that I started to like the movie. That song is fun and irreverent and was the turning point for me when the movie stopped taking itself so seriously. That said, there were people in the audience who loved the whole thing and clapped at everything, even in the middle of songs. Ultimately, I thought the movie was all right which represents a pretty good turnaround since I started out disliking it so much.
I am currently Professor of Digital Media at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. I am also the current Coordinator of General Education at the University. I am interested in game studies, digital literacies, open pedagogies, and generally how technology impacts our culture.