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"Mary Poppins Returns" Movie Review

Updated on December 17, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

There aren't many sequels out there that live up to the original, especially when they're sequels to classic and highly loved films. Mary Poppins Returns not only respected the original, but it also brought back the magic and beauty all the while bringing a freshness for the old and new generations alike.

The film follows Michael Banks, who has now grown up, married, and had three kids of his own. His wife had passed away, leaving him to take care of all the finances and daily frustrations himself. He was in danger of losing his house and the stress was rising daily. That's when no other than Mary Poppins returns to help out the Banks family.

Because I have so many good things to say about the film, let me get the one negative out of the way: there were a couple times when it felt overlong. I felt that with the original too so it may just be me. Also, shouldn't Ellen be about 120 by now? Anyway, that's it! That's the only negative.

So now, what did I love about it? I think the question should be what didn't I love? Emily Blunt was a perfect Mary Poppins, channeling Julie Andrews in all the best ways. Her acting, mannerisms, and voice were splendid and mesmerizing. In fact, everyone was on point, especially when it came to the songs. None of the music was recycled from the first film, staying completely original and fresh.

There were a lot of parallels to the first, such as certain dance numbers or scenes, but nothing ever felt rehashed. For instance, you remember the chimney sweepers dance in the first? There's a lamplighter scene in this one that mirrors that. Remember when Mary, Bert, and the kids jumped inside the painting in the first? This time it's a china bowl. See, there's a lot of nods and sweet gestures that are there to respect the original but the film never tries to be better or outdo it.

The animation style was just like how it was done in the first. I was happy that they didn't try to CGI it up or make it flashy. This way, the magic stayed alive and it made me feel like a kid again seeing the original for the first time.

In conclusion, I absolutely loved the sequel and I have high praise for it. Anyone considering seeing it definitely should go. If you loved the original, you'll love this one. I give it a 3.8 out of 4.

© 2018 Nathan Jasper


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