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2018, Fantasy - Sourcery

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

MaryPoppins

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Twenty-five years after the Banks family’s original problems, the former children now adults are in trouble. Michael, a widower with three children, has tenuous employment in the bank and Jane, his sister is campaigning for worker’s security. They have no money and are about to be evicted from the family home, when magically on the tail of a kite Mary Poppins decends to earth and begins to take charge.

Content

There is a bit of a set up for the plot, which is the progress towards the eviction by the evil bank manager, but mostly set pieces which seem to have little relationship with each other, or the aforesaid plot. The are random songs sung by the cast and singing and dancing in the imaginative worlds apparently prompted by the presence of the magical nanny, and one extended singing and dancing number by a platoon of lamplighters.

A View Emily Blunt is terrific as – not quite Mary Poppins – more Julie Andrews, but really she has a supporting role. There is a plot which is a good starting point  but there was too much singing and dancing for my wife and I. Neither of us had seen the original which puts us at a disadvantage, and I found myself wondering what children would make of it, since they won’t have seen the original either. I still don’t know.
Duration 2h 10m Rating (UK) U
Source of story Apparently some of the other books about Mary Poppins written by P.L. Travers.
Director Rob Marshall
Writers/Script David Magee (Story by David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca)
Starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Chris O’Dowd
Additional Info Apparently the film is being heavily promoted by Disney for nominations for the Oscars in virtually all categories. Is it that good? We’ll soon see.

 

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels

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