The sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns sees the beloved nanny drop back in to take care of the Banks children and to make life easier for the now grown up Michael Banks who’s the father of the three children. Michael and his sister Jane are all grown up and Michael has his own set of problems and troubles and that’s when Mary Poppins comes in just in time to ease his troubles and take the family on a magical adventure.
It’s been 54 years since the original and this is perhaps the longest time gap between sequels,It is unfair to compare Mary Poppins Returns to the original because from the moment Mary Poppins Returns begins, you are in this magical space. It does give you a feeling that you are in a movie that was made in 1964, you kind of go back in time and spirit.
Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, is totally true to the character yet very contemporary. She totally nails it in spite of the role being a challenging one and owning something that Julie Andrews has already done but it is only and only Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins and not her doing an impression of Julie Andrews.It feels like a completely new Mary Poppins adventure!
My favorite character is Jack the lamplighter, played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He’s warm with an old fashioned charm. The other actors like Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters and Meryl Streep in a supporting role were very good too.
The film is all about family and home and the part that made me tear up in the movie is when the little motherless boy Georgie says that he misses his mom and Mary Poppins tells the children; “Gone but not forgotten,” and the kids use the same phrase when the father has a breakdown.Most of the songs have a message in them. It’s a simple story but a timeless film.
Directed by Rob Marshall, this high-spirited musical is a great mix of visual effects and it’s a sincere, all magic and all heart kind of a movie.The adventures that Mary Poppins and the kids go on is fantastical and at the same time has some emotional moments.
What the film teaches us is not to lose the child within, not to lose the sense of wonder, imagination, belief, hope and magic as we grow older. Towards the end of the film, the old balloon lady tells Michael, “You’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a child.” It also gives us a valuable message that the greatest thing in life is the time spent together as a family. The movie captures joy and happiness perfectly without being artificial.
What I did miss though were the iconic songs from the original film, especially Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. But Mary Poppins Returns is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious so go watch it, it’s a movie for all ages.