Run time: 130 mins
An enchanting sequel to the 1964 Disney classic, Mary Poppins’ charm is as infectious as ever.
Julie Andrews is a tough act to follow, Emily Blunt’s take on the iconic magical nanny is distinct from her predecessor, adding a spoonful of glamour and dry wit. Set a couple of decades after the original, the Banks children, Michael and Jane, are now grown ups at the height of Britain’s Great Depression. Suffering a crisis of his own, Michael (Ben Whishaw) has recently lost his wife and has only five days to find money before his family home is repossessed. When one of his three children, Georgie (Joel Dawson) uses his father’s old unwanted kite, he is almost pulled into the air and saved by lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda). Miraculously Mary Poppins descends with the kite, returning to help the Banks family with their grief, conjuring up whimsical underwater worlds and nonsensical trips in a china bowl. Devoted to the original, with its kites, umbrellas and a Dick Van Dyke cameo, Mary Poppins Returns immerses adults and children alike in the magic of limitless imagination. A simple plot but still supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. (research Rachel Williams) Brilliant!!
You will want to see it again and again.