Vol. 12, No. 8 – Jan 16 – Jan 29, 2019 – Movie Review

Marry Poppins Returns
3 Palm Trees out of 4 Palm Trees

by Victoria Usher

Marry Poppins Returns is a 2018 adventure, comedy, family, and fantasy film that was directed by Rob Marshall. It is a sequel to the original Marry Poppins film from 1964 and also based on the “Marry Poppins” books written by P.L. Travers. It was produced by Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, and Marc Platt. The screenplay was by David Magee. The story was by David Magee, Rob Marshall, and John DeLuca. The cinematography was by Dion Beebe. The music was by Marc Shaiman. It was edited by Wyatt Smith. The production design was done by John Myhre. The costume design was done by Sandy Powell. The film was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and then it was released in cinemas December 19th, 2018. The stars of the film include Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Dick Van Dyke, and Angela Lansbury.

In this sequel, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) is now all grown up and he has three beautiful children of his own. His wife has sadly passed away very recently, and her illness unfortunately took all of their savings so now he has absolutely no idea what he is going to do about their financial situation. Of course, this is exactly when Marry Poppins (Emily Blunt) swoops in, bringing purpose, hope, happiness, and maybe even love into Michael’s life and into his children’s lives. The sequel goes in a very similar direction as the original film, but it also has its own unique spin on it and it also has its own lovely surprises that are different from the original film. There are moments throughout the film that are meant to make people remember the first film and feel nostalgic.

One of the best things about this film is how absolutely perfect and wonderful Emily Blunt is, she truly was the perfect choice for Marry Poppins in this sequel. She does an unbelievably brilliant job of turning the role into something that is all her own and not in any way trying to replicate or Julie Andrews’ performance from the original 1964 film. I can promise that you will not regret watching this sequel, it is an enchanting and magical ride from beginning to end.
(Rated: PG) (Running Time: 2h 10m)

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