Due to some financial problems, Michael Banks' house is set to be repossessed and his only hope of saving his home is by finding a small fortune his father left him upon his passing. In his most desperate hour, his old babysitter Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to help him find his way. With a lot of hard work, and a little magic, their favorite nanny just might save the day. Directed by Rob Marshall.~Phil Griffin
Emily BluntMary Poppins
Emily MortimerJane Banks
Pixie DaviesAnabel Banks
Colin FirthWilliam Weatherall Wilkins
Dick Van DykeMr. Dawes Jr.
Angela LansburyBalloon Lady
David WarnerAdmiral Boom
David MageeScreen Story
Marc ShaimanComposer (Music Score)
Paul GemignaniMusical Direction/Supervision
Scott WittmanComposer (Music Score)
Jeff TurleyProduction Designer
John MyhreProduction Designer
Amanda DazelyArt Director
Elaine KusmishkoArt Director
Niall MoroneySupervising Art Director
Patrick M. Sullivan, Jr.Art Director
Simon ElsleyArt Director
Steve CarterArt Director
Angus More GordonCo-producer
Callum McDougallExecutive Producer
Sandy PowellCostume Designer
Eugene GeartySound/Sound Designer
Reneé TondelliSound/Sound Designer
Michael St. HilaireCamera Operator
Tiffany Little CanfieldCasting
Allan ZaleskiSound Effects Editor
Angus More GordonUnit Production Manager
Callum McDougallExecutive Music Producer
Callum McDougallUnit Production Manager
Eugene GeartySupervising Sound Editor
Heather GrossSound Effects Editor
Jennifer LanePost Production Supervisor
Michael KellerRe-Recording Mixer
Mike Prestwood SmithRe-Recording Mixer
Reneé TondelliSupervising Sound Editor
Comedy,Fantasy,Concerts Operas and Musicals
Adventure Comedy,Family-Oriented Comedy,Fantasy Comedy,Musical Fantasy
Been wanting the steel book edition for the longest since it's been sold out and I finally found a store that had one more. I love the cover artwork for the steel book and it's a perfect edition to starting off my 4K collection. Definitely recommend.
The Disney magic of cinematic legend is in fine shape in the new “Mary Poppins Returns,” even if the imagination of the fabled Disney Imagineers is a little rusty. The stars of the picture during publicity appearances have been going out of their ways to stress that the movie is not a remake of the fabled Academy Award-winning 1964 classic “Mary Poppins,” but a sequel. And that might very well be.
But viewers who mistake the picture for a remake can be forgiven, because “Mary Poppins Returns” pushes its narrative through the self-same template of the original, right down to the placement of the musical numbers. Only the haunting and heartbreaking place occupied in the original picture by actress Jane Darwell and “Feed the Birds” is left vacant. In fact, about the biggest difference between “Mary Poppins” and “Mary Poppins Returns” is that this time around the magical nanny has three children in her charge instead of two.
Set some thirty years after the events of the original picture, in “Mary Poppins Returns” Jane and Michael Banks are now adults who barely remember their childhood adventures with the nanny who literally drifted down from the clouds. Jane has taken after her suffragette mother and is now a political activist fighting for the rights of oppressed workers. And Michael, a recent widower unable to support his three young children as an artist, has recently taken a part-time job as a teller in the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank where his late father once toiled as a senior partner.
Already disenfranchised by the death of their mother, Michael’s three adorable children are soon additionally troubled to learn that the bank is about to foreclose on their family home. Michael’s absentmindedly forgotten to make the three most recent payments to Fidelity Fiduciary after mortgaging the property to meet the family’s expenses. The family will be evicted if they’re unable to pay off the loan in full by Big Ben’s final toll of midnight, three days hence.
To breathe some desperately-needed order into this chaotic situation, Mary Poppins returns, literally descending from the clouds to return the children’s kite during a stormy day. And with the help of her old chum Jack the Lamplighter, a former apprentice to the original film’s Bert the Chimney Sweep, the magical nanny endeavors to teach the Banks children the value of organized imagination...and remind the grown-up Michael and Jane of the love and wonder often left behind when children become adults.
The biggest danger of producing a new movie founded upon the magic of a beloved motion picture classic is that the new movie will inevitably and automatically be compared with the original, a risk that Disney of all studios knows well. Since...well, since forever, the studio’s been occasionally pilfering their own vaults to wring new memories--and money--from old classics.
Fortunately--thankfully--”Mary Poppins Returns” is strong enough and contains sufficient movie magic to not only withstand comparisons with the 1964 musical classic, but also to stand on its own feet. The viewer can’t help comparing the two pictures, but the filmmakers seem to expect the comparisons, if not welcome them...and even challenge them. And you know what? They win the challenge.
There’s been some minor complaining about actress Emily Blunt’s characterization in the title role being...well, a little nasty, snotty with a capital B. Detractors suggest Blunt invests the beloved nanny with unnecessary amounts of sternness, conceit, arrogance, and a chilly exterior. Translation: Emily Blunt is not Julie Andrews.
But that’s just the price the actress pays for her characterization being accurate to Travers’ storybooks. Julie Andrews could sing through a smile even when she was weeping tears of heartbreak, an attribute which worked well for the 1964 picture. But Blunt, who has a surprisingly strong singing voice and has been referred to by co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda as “human sunshine,” is primarily known, and lauded, as a dramatic actress. Occasional eye-rolling aside, Blunt brings all of her artistic qualities to bear in the picture, and more than holds her own in the choreography department also.
Does this deserve 4 or 5 stars? It was a tough call so I rounded up. Of course you cannot compete with a beloved movie you've known your entire life (the original with Julie Andrews), and it takes a while to simply get used to the fact that this is a different movie with different actors and a different story line. But in the end it was an excellent sequel to the original and I think it did a fine job of honoring that spirit while also having its own unique style.