Disney Magic isn’t ageist. – By @hollygordonn

By Holly Gordon


Disney Magic isn’t ageist.


The weekend we broke up for Christmas break, my mum surprised my brother and I with a request that she wanted to go to the cinema. She wanted to see Mary Poppins Returns, the long awaited sequel to the 1964 classic, and as my brother shrugged indifferently, I latched onto the idea and agreed we should ‘of course!!! We should definitely go Mum; did you know Lin-Manual Miranda is in it?


My mum is not someone to venture to the cinema much. She’s picky with what she watches, scared of most British dramas and distrusting to any comedy series my brother or I suggest. Films do not hold her attention well, so anything that she sees in the cinema must be worth the trip. As we sat down in our seats, a couple of days after Christmas, I watched the cinema fill up with families of parents, kids, and couples and to my mums’ pleasure, women her age. She turned to me, smiled excitedly and whispered ‘I bet they all grew up with the original like me.’


The film was wonderful. The storyline, simple but emotional enough it tugged on the heartstrings of anyone, introduced us to new characters and brought back familiar ones. The music was great and the cast were amazing. It was also nice to see Colin Firth play a villain. I could go on and on, but I won’t, I just would recommend anyone to go see it. What I will say was that it amazed my mum. She gasped and laughed and nudged my arm when she recognised anyone from the original film and when Dick Van Dyke made his cameo, she full out fan-girled. (She will deny this if asked.)


For the last week, (until today, as I write this SCAB), my mum has been walking around the house in a Disney daze. The magic of the film has fully taken over and she’s walking around like a film connoisseur. I’ve overheard her talk my dads ear off about the film and then advised him to watch it. She’s downloaded the soundtrack onto her phone. She even watched The Greatest Showman a few days later and told me, in a slightly disappointed tone that the production just ‘isn’t Disney is it?


As amusing as she has become, it is also eye opening to see that, no matter how old you are, you can’t beat a good Disney film. They know how to tap into emotions and in this situation; they knew they had to tap into nostalgia as well. Nostalgia is pretty powerful, it grounds us back to emotions from the pass and it did that for my mum, so watching her float around the house, humming ‘Trip A Little Light Fantastic’ is rather nice. Disney may be slowly taking over the world, but you can’t ignore how magical their films are. So maybe there is something to take from them, that emotions, no matter what type they are, are the truest way to talk to an audience.

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