Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
The audience clapped and cheered the return of Mary Poppins! Emily Blunt fills those big shoes well and seems to be having a lot of fun in the role too. The energy she brings to her performance is infectious, and given enough time, this film’s songs will resonate as well as the classics “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Feed the Birds.”
The sequel sees Mr. Banks Jr. struggle to keep the family home after he fails to make payments on a loan. He believes he holds shares in the bank (enough to cover his bills) but can’t find the paperwork. While he frantically searches, Mary Poppins flies in to help with the Banks children—all of them.
Stand out songs in the new film for me were: “The Place Where Lost Things Go,” a ballad sung to the children to help them remember their late mother, “Trip a Little Light Fantastic,” this film’s version of “Step in Time” and “Nowhere to Go but Up,” the closing song that’s every bit as good as “Let’s Go Fly a Kite.”
I loved the reaction of the audience. It was like we were at the theatre theater, applauding each musical number as it finished. Mary Poppins Returns plays true to the tone of the original and pushes nostalgia buttons, but it also felt new and fresh, like when Lin-Manuel Miranda got his “Hamilton” on during the performance of “A Cover is not the Book.”
If you loved the first film, you will love this too. Go see it. See it with friends and family. It’s a magical event, and an absolute must see in the theater theatre.
Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw,Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Screenplay by: David Magee
Rating: PG Running Time: 2 hr 10 min.