Nanny McPhee as Allegory
review of Nanny McPhee
As a family movie I would without a question give it three thumbs up. Its well done and fun to watch for both children and us adults. PS the adults will get some of the nuances that are over the heads of children but nothing offensive just cute.
THE PLOT - A man needing a wife, a family in chaos and the answer - Nanny McPhee
The story with a family out of control. Then out of thin air the word - "you need Nanny McPhee" In the Bible in Genesis, its starts with Chaos then the WORD. She shows up mysteriously and declares "in not an agency nanny" "I'm a government nanny" referring to the kingdom of GOD. She immediately takes control, but not with a hard hand but with air of patient and firm yet loving control. She has a mission to teach them 5 lessons, 5 in the Bible speaks of grace. She is also the 18 nanny. To the Jew 18 is symbolic of "life". If you want to give a Jew a financial gift they like to do it in $18 or a multiple there of. She also takes a maid under her wing, whose name is Evangeline, meaning bearer of good news. Nanny teaches her to read, which helps Evangeline with her desire to read a special book. Nanny is also very unappealing in appearance, but as the children learn she actually gets better and better looking. She also requires Sundays afternoons off. At the start the children challenge her and she says believe me [cause I'm for real]. She also tells the father she knows exactly what they need, and she's fully capable. The children pray to her, she shows up in rooms without entering, she intercedes, and encourages growth accepts thanks and has a cane or scepter that controls situations. She also tells them she cannot interfere with matters of the heart. Like the Bible she tells them they must accept the consequences of their actions. and she doesn't take sides, and allows freewill.
The end is quite amazing! There is a wedding and at the very last minute the maid is asked to become the Bride. Everyone is surprised including the maid. She accepts. Then as Nanny is escorting her down the aisle, the maid says she is not dressed right. Nanny tells her not to worry. Suddenly snow in August, as the snow falls she gets clothed in a beautiful white gown. Then the bride tells Nanny the Book that Nanny was teaching her to read, she never finished. Nanny McPhee tells her not to worry "You are the story". In the Bible at the end of Revelation there is the marriage of the Bride. At the end of the movie Nanny McPhee rises to Heaven.
When I first viewed the movie was with my grandchildren. I don't think it was intended to be an allegory but, it is without doubt. My first clue was the way Nanny related to the children. She had control and did not give in, yet she let them learn about consequences. The the ending sealed my suspicion. Just like the Bible it end with the Bride.
Allegories are ment to relate a truth through symbolic terms. I PRAY YOU LIKE THIS AND ARE ENCOURAGED. IF you haven't seen this movie I highly encourage you rent or better buy it.