FW MOVIE PICK: MARY POPPINS RETURNS

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Wow, it sure took the studio long enough to make another “Mary Poppins” making it one of the longest intervals between film sequels in cinematic history, at 54 years; well all with that being said lets see how this sequel stacks up overall! Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael’s children through a difficult time in their lives. Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way in the role being more stern then sweet which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cockney accent is bad, but the character is still likable. The animated sequence is a wonderful return to form for the studio, even if it delves in to Disney action scene territory. The upside down shop is kind of tedious and goes on far to long. The bank scenes are hard for kids to understand, but without the singing it becomes even more boring. Michael and Jane head to the bank while Mary Poppins and the children go with Jack and the lamplighters to Big Ben to ‘turn back time’ which is just another standard Disney action scene that just feels off in a “Mary Poppins” movie. This movie features decent songs such as “(Underneath the) Lovely London Sky”, “A Conversation”, “Can You Imagine That?”, “The Royal Doulton Music Hall”, “Introducing Mary Poppins”, “A Cover is Not the Book”, “The Place Where Lost Things Go”, “Turning Turtle”, “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” and “Nowhere to Go But Up”. While the movie itself might not be considered an instant classic in years to come like its predecessor years to come, I was glad to revisit this world and feel like a child all over again!

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