MOVIE REVIEW: Mary Poppins Returns

Running Time: 130 minutes
Release Date: New Year’s Day

Who is in it: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathaniel Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth

What is it: Mary Poppins (originally played by Julie Andrews) is a magical nanny who was summoned, many decades ago, by the Banks children. Their father wanted a stern nanny but the children had other ideas. Mary Poppins, quite literally, floated down from the sky using her umbrella and brought some much needed stuff and nonsense into the Bank’s household.

Now, many years later, the Banks children are again in need of their magical nanny but, as adults tend to do, they forgot all about magic and it was their discarded kite that brought Mary (Blunt) back into their lives.

The children, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are grown and Michael, a recent widower, has just had the bank foreclose on his mortgage and may lose his home. It is his 3 highly spirited children, Anabel, John and Georgie (Davies, Saleh and Dawson respectively) who unknowingly manage to summon Mary Poppins this time around.

But can she save the Banks children again?

Why should I watch it: It was always going to be a hard sell, the remake or reimagining of a beloved family movie. Especially one that starred Julie Andrews, who is right up there with Carol Brady as the perfect mother/nanny in many of our eyes.

(Mid review shout outs to the Sound of Music and the Brady Bunch!)

Emily Blunt is perfection in the lead role. She is perfectly perfect, endearing, fun and with a twinkle in her eye that makes it impossible to predict what she will do next. She is utterly believable as the beloved magical nanny. With just the right amount of sternness to make her small charges sit up straight but with a loving heart that will guide them through these dark days without their mother, who has passed away, or their father, who is caught up in his own grief and money problems.

Jack (Miranda) the chimney sweep is back as well, all grown up and ready to help Mary help the Banks family. It is these two who take the 3 children on their adventures throughout London as they try to help Michael Banks save his family home.

While this movie tries its very best, it never quite reaches the heights of its predecessor. As much as I dislike musicals, I feel that without that special kind of magic, such as what the Sherman Brothers could bring, it will never measure up.

The new songs are fun and catchy but there is no super‐cali‐fragil‐istic‐expi‐ali‐docious (go ahead and sing it to yourself… know the words …. and I can wait) or A Spoonful of Sugar (yep I can wait again) or the Oscar winning Chim Chim Cher-ee among them.

And as it’s all about car pool karaoke these days, if the songs don’t cut it …..

3 stars


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