When I was little, my mother and I stood in line for two hours in the rain to watch the classic Mary Poppins. Now, *** years later, we watched Mary Poppins Returns at the Cinemark Roanoke, complete with recliners and wine! As highly anticipated as this movie was, it did leave us wanting. The plot is fairly good, Mary Poppins coming to help the grown-up Banks children in their hour of need. The songs do not seem to be as unforgettable as “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, “Spoon Full of Sugar” or even “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, though they may make their way into our culture in a few years. Most of the dance numbers appear to be fairly pedestrian, not quite as athletic as they were in the original. There are some impressive routines, the gas light boys with their rhyming slang and a couple of surprises at the end. Unfortunately, I think that Emily Blunt is just a little too stern or harsh in her demeanor. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a very good foil as Jack, the gas light boy. Meryl Streep has an interesting cameo as Topsy Turvy and Colin Firth is campy enough as the villainous Wilkins. Emily Mortimer (Jane Banks), Ben Whishaw (Michael Banks) and Julie Walters (Ellen) are fine as the adults who can’t really remember Mary Poppins last visit. Nathanael Saleh (John), Pixie Davies (Anabel) and Joel Dawson (Georgie) are adorable and have just the right of skepticism so they are not cloying.
Our Rating for Mary Poppins:
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Official Synopsis for Mary Poppins:
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.
|Cast||Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Emily Mortimer, Ben Whishaw, Julie Walters, Nathanael Saleh, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson|
|Screenwriter||Rob Marshall, David Magee, John DeLuca, based on the stories by P.L. Travers|
|Production Companies||Walt Disney Pictures, Lucamar Productions, Marc Platt Productions|
|Run Time||130 minutes|
|Genre||Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical|
|Premier||November 29, 2018|