‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in full force – and with full fantasy

This movie is the first to really enchant me since my childhood. And that's special to me.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in full force – and with full fantasy

Emily Blunt bravely accepts the challenge to respectfully reflect Julie Andrews' legendary performance as Mary Poppins, a whimsical British nanny.

Emily Blunt bravely accepts the challenge to respectfully reflect Julie Andrews' legendary performance as Mary Poppins, a whimsical British nanny.

Emily Blunt bravely accepts the challenge to respectfully reflect Julie Andrews' legendary performance as Mary Poppins, a whimsical British nanny.

Emily Blunt bravely accepts the challenge to respectfully reflect Julie Andrews' legendary performance as Mary Poppins, a whimsical British nanny.

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Let’s be honest: it is nearly impossible to enter Mary Poppins Returns without at least one of your last two brain cells saying, “Theyaregoingtoruinit.”

In an era of reboots and remakes and sequels that we were only kidding about when we asked for them, nothing seems to be off-limits. Not even the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Mary Poppins.

 

When I heard that the film would not feature Julie Andrews, the original Mary Poppins, I was nervous. However, I was informed the Dick Van Dyke makes a grand return, so that gave me a little hope.

 

To cut right to the chase, the movie was nothing short of the best return I have seen yet. Although Fuller House destroyed a part of my childhood and Life-Size 2 made me a bit uncomfortable, Mary Poppins Returns practically perfectly preserved the magic of the original.

 

Mary Poppins Returns occurs after the children from Mary Poppins (1964) have grown up and lost the sense of youthful magic that Poppins has once shared with them. As the adult Michael must fight to keep his home, fantastical nanny Poppins helps them uncover the truth through unconventional means—like through song.

 

Not only does the soundtrack refrain from any painfully modern EDM tracks, it also refuses to challenge the talents of Andrews by introducing brand new songs. Hamilton creator himself, Lin-Manuel Miranda, portraying a lamp-lighter, even manages to fit in a fast-paced song that highlights his capabilities, yet still satisfies the setting.

 

Additionally, the star-studded cast leaves you on the edge of your seat. I, personally, fist-bumped at Colin Firth’s debut, gasped at Meryl Streep’s mystical appearance—and accent—and literally applauded Dick Van Dyke’s entrance.

 

The film transports any audience member to an innocent, childlike state of mind in the most vivid way. Simply overtaken by bittersweet nostalgia, I found myself teary-eyed at multiple moments.

 

Ultimately, I recommend this movie to anyone. It will enchant you and mesmerize you, and you will leave the theater clicking your heels.

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