“Mary Poppins Returns” - Movie Review

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Mary Poppins Returns

Directed by Rob Marshall

Written by David Magee

With Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer…

“Mary Poppins Returns” brings on pure nostalgia as Rob Marshall creates an enchanting sequel to the much-beloved 1964 original. But, even if it is a pleasure to watch, the film lacks that magical spark to make it remarkable.

In this sequel, the Banks children from the original film are now grown up. The film transports us back to 17 Cherry Tree Lane to a struggling Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and his single sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). 

Michael is a recent widower trying his best to manage the loss of his wife while his house is about to be repossessed. His three children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh), and Georgie (Joel Dawson) act more like adults trying to support their dad than playful kids. 

The youngest Georgie, is the one with the most imaginative mind. In a park, he flies an old family kite and with the help of Jack (played by the talented Lin-Manuel Miranda), a friendly lamplighter, reels in Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt).

Emily Blunt replaces Julie Andrews as the iconic nanny, delivering a delightful performance. No one could have been better for the part. 

The film follows the Banks children, old and new, as they rediscover their childhood minds and playfulness, and work against the clock to find the document that will save their house from repossession. The mysterious Mary Poppins and cheerful Jack provide help along the way. 

And of course music and singing fill this joyful universe. The transitions between the normal dialogs and the songs are well executed; it doesn’t feel forced. 

In addition the visuals in the film are well crafted especially the 2D elements and the costumes are beautiful. 

While not being the best film of the year, “Mary Poppins Returns” is a delight to watch and a great family movie. I remember being charmed by the original as a kid and this sequel reignited my childhood’s spark.