I attended an advanced screening of this film. All opinions are my own.
“MARY POPPINS RETURNS stars Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks’ children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character.”-Disney
I love Mary Poppins. I have been a little apprehensive about seeing the new one. Although it is not as good as the original, I did enjoy Mary Poppins Returns.
The number one reason to see this movie is for the amazing Emily Blunt. She had huge shoes to fill. She was ‘practically perfect in everyway’. I loved that she did carry over some of the mannerisms from JulieAndrews’ original performance but she also made it her own.
I thought Lin-Manuel Miranda did a good job as Jack, the lamp lighter. I thought his accent was a little funny at the beginning of the film but I didn’t notice it as much as the film went on. You could tell that he was having the time of his life making this film.
The rest of the cast also did a great job as well. The kids in the cast were great and I loved the cameos from Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke. It was fun to see him dance again.
I absolutely loved the animated sequence in the film and that the filmmakers chose to use traditional 2D animation. It was probably my favorite part of the film.
I thought the music in the film was great. The songs were all performed well. Although I do not think the songs were quite as memorable as the songs in the original film.
Mary Poppins Returns is rated PG “for some mild thematic elements and brief action.” This film is perfect for the whole family. Parents are going to love it and so are the kids.
I felt so much joy and I was happy while watching the movie. Although Mary Poppins Returns is not meant to and does not replace the original, I think it is a well done movie. I am excited to take my daughter to the movie but I will make sure she watches the original Mary Poppins first.
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