‘Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place’ – Mary Poppins Returns, 2018

Happy Monday everyone! I hope everyone’s got back to the grindstone and isn’t missing Christmas too much! I am back to work myself today, so I went to the cinema to celebrate the end of my holiday! There’s a few movies out at the moment that I want to see, but my mum asked if I would see this with her so we did! Without further ado, here is the sequel to Mary Poppins… Mary Poppins Returns!

Jack and Mary with the new Banks children; Annabel, John and little Georgie – Mary Poppins Returns, Walt Disney Pictures, 2019

As the title suggests, in this sequel Mary Poppins does indeed return to Cherry Tree Lane. In this one, she is played by Emily Blunt (known for other musicals such as Into the Woods, great 1990s movies such as Devil Wears Prada, being married to John Krasinski and being my top pick for the next Invisible Woman). Lin Manuel Miranda plays the new Bert – a lamplighter named Jack, who has just a bad a cockney accent as Dick Van Dyke – it’s how he knows Mary Poppins, he was a child when she first arrived on the scene and was Bert’s apprentice. Michael Banks, now an adult, is still living in his family home (his father has passed it onto him since his death) – but he’s in some financial bother. Long story short, the Banks are on the brink of losing their home. Thankfully, little Georgie catches a Mary Poppins at the end of his kite (yes the ‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite’ kite), and she helps to take over!

An adult Jane and Michael are shocked to see Mary at the door – Mary Poppins Returns, Walt Disney Pictures, 2018

I liked this sequel. I thought that Emily played a good Poppins. She didn’t try to be Andrews, which was good as I don’t think she was ever going to be – there’s just some things that are etched into stone, and one of those is Julie Andrews as Poppins to millions of children’s brains. This Poppins was a bit brasher, tougher – as if coming back has changed her (which I guess it has… literally). They kept the real life and animation, which was great. A bit of me was terrified they’d make it CGI, as they sacked all their animators a few years ago. But it still had the same charm – I just wished there was a bit more of it. Chris O’Dowd as an Irish Setter was actually quite funny, he’s a pretty good actor, and this solidified it for me. Lin Manuel Miranda was a good Bert substitute. To be honest, I liked ALL the characters. The adult Banks children were amazing – the joy of childhood had left them, and they seemed to forget if things they experienced as children were real or not.
At times it was pandering to the old movie – the same story beats happened in the same places, but overall that was to be expected. They wanted people to enjoy this movie.

I think people should see this movie, just for the reminiscing factor.

Have you seen Mary Poppins Returns? What did you think? Did it live up to the original or not? Leave a comment down below!

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