Get ready to return to Cherry Tree Lane in Rob Marshall’s newest movie musical, Mary Poppins Returns.
In this sequel, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, handling the challenges of the 1930s depression in London. As Michael and his children face tremendous personal loss and all hope seems to be lost, in flies Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) to save the day. With her magical skills, quirky friend, Jack (Lin Manuel Miranda), Mary Poppins helps the Banks family rediscover the joy that has been missing in their lives.
In times such as these, it’s nice to have a film completely transport you to another world and suspend reality. Although the newest Mary Poppins film may not be practically perfect in every single way, it is a colorful and spectacular adventure on screen. Marshall has captured all the whimsy and childlike wonder of Disney’s Mary Poppins, however, follows the formula of the film too closely where some portions just felt remade but with a slight twist.
For example, instead of having a crazy uncle giggling on the ceiling, we now have a crazy cousin (marvelously played by legend, Meryl Streep) dancing on the ceiling. Or instead of flying a kite at the film’s finale, we’re now flying balloons. Although I enjoyed many of these changes, I just wished there was a bit more deviation to keep it a bit fresher so I didn’t spend so much time comparing and contrasting the two films.
But nothing could have taken away from Emily Blunt’s marvelous portrayal as the iconic nanny. She was practically perfect in every single way, adding charm and bit of sass. She commands the screen and is a joy to watch.
Let’s be honest – everyone was a joy to watch. The entire cast was brilliant and genuinely looked like they were enjoying themselves, especially Mr. Dick Van Dyke, whose special appearance is pure magic.
Does Mary Poppins Returns top the original? No.
But is it family fun for everyone? Absolutely.
Final Thoughts: Mary Poppins Returns may not be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, but it sure is a jolly holiday of a time.