Mary Poppins Returns with a Bang

Story by Sarah Flakus, Staff Writer

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Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to Disney’s iconic Mary Poppins, came to theaters on December 19, 2018, 54 years after the original.

The film was directed by Rob Marshall, and starred Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and had appearances by stars such as Meryl Streep, and Dick Van Dyke, who starred in the 1954 film.

This magical tale once again followed Mary Poppins, through her journey in taking care of the Banks children, however this time she isn’t looking after Jane and Michael, but Michael’s three children: Anabel, John, and Georgie. The story also follows Jane and Michael as adults, trying to save the Banks family home from being repossessed by the bank.

The plotline, musical numbers, and acting by both Emily Blunt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda kept the whimsical story of Mary Poppins alive and will keep it living on for many years to come. Watching it, I saw many thematic connections to the original, yet it had its own distinct qualities that made it a great film on its own. For example, many dance numbers resembled those of the first film, yet they managed to have their own original charm.

Emily Blunt played Mary Poppins better than I ever imagined she would, perfectly capturing the character’s stern yet playful side that comes out with the Banks children. She managed to mimic Julie Andrews’ style in the role very well, while also making the character her own in many ways. I have to say, I feel that a lot of the magic in the film came from the fantastic portrayal of this iconic character.   

Throughout the whole film, I had a smile on my face, so I understand how it got a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and why I will highly suggest it to anyone interested in a special twist on such a classic film.

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