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Mary Poppins Returns
Academy Award® Nominee
Set to take place in Depression-era London, it will follow a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael's three children, are visited by their old nanny Mary Poppins after a personal...  View more >

Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep...  View more >

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Dec 20, 2018
A perfect magically movie that is loyal to the 1964 movie. matter of fact, what I saw is beyond word of how to make a great movie. The movie is based on a series of books by PL Travers, which is the basis of "Saving Mr. Bank" on the making of "Mary Poppins," which came out a few years ago. Yes, my mind had been set on the 1964 movie, but the sequel is just as good if not better. Emily Blunt is perfect as Mary Poppins. I'm not saying that she is better than the Julie Andrews performance, but her performance is not a disappointment. The film took place some 25 years after the events in the 1964. The Banks family is going though a crisis with theats from the bankers of being evicted from their home. All hope is bleak until Mary Poppins shows up to save the family. again. Blunt is a joy to watch. the minute she flies into the room, she took over the movie. Lin-Manuel Miranda plays the lamplighter who befriends the kids as well as Mary. The animation sequences is old-fashioned fun. Reminds me of the animated fun the came out from the 1964 movie. Hint: the Penguins are back. There are new songs in the movie. The songs are so good, they had to promote the musical soundtrack. The music score is loyal to the 1964 movie. Everything is loyal to the 1964 movie. One main reason why I love the movie. I urge you to see the movie. Even if you didn't see the 1964 movie, you'll enjoy this movie.That way is that if you love the movie, you'll see the 1964 movie. To sum up this movie in one sentence; Perfect in every way.
Apr 9, 2019
This sequel is never going to replace the original, but it does a really good job of evoking the same tone without diminishing its predecessor.

That tone largely comes from the fact that this new installment pretty much uses the same playbook of characters and even general scenes. The father has lost his way and forgotten the joy of childhood and strains against life, while his kids welcome the change of pace that Mary Poppins represents.

Emily Blunt had a challenging task of filling the shoes of Julie Andrews, and she largely meets the challenge. She makes the character her own, while still respecting the master.

While Lin-Manuel Miranda plays a lamplighter named Jack, he's Burt the chimney sweep and street artist. Speaking of Burt, Dick Van Dyke does make an appearance here, and it is handled quite well. I have seen that Julie Andrews turned down the chance to appear (preferring to allow Blunt to carry the movie without casting a shadow on her), but my guess is that Angela Lansbury's character and scene with Blunt was intended for Andrews.

There's even a silly scene in a shop with Meryl Streep that echoes the laughing scene in the original.

Does that make this movie a cheap copy? Not in the least. I enjoyed it, so the blind buy of the 4K Blu-ray disc was a good purchase!

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