Mary Poppins Returns: Good Ol’ New Disney

Written by Perry Wyatt |

This joyous new film is a wonderful ode to the original.

I never thought that anything could live up to the colourful fun and vintage charm of the first, but it must be said that Mary Poppins Returns was a film steeped in polka-dot charm and good, old Britishness. 

Emily Blunt did a truly wonderful job as everyone’s favourite nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda (aka Alexander Hamilton) was a loveable side-sick that did honour to the role’s predecessor Dick Van Dyke. 

The star-studded cast, including the likes of Colin Firth (aka Mr Darcy), Ben Whishaw (the voice of Paddington bear) and on-screen wonder Meryl Streep were marvellous in this heart-warming story about family, love and the joy of imagination. 

Mary Poppins Returns.’ Walt Disney Pictures. Rob Marshall, 2018. 

The songs are chirpy, catchy tunes destined to become favourites on every musical nerd’s theatre playlist. The song ‘Trip a Little Light Fantastic’ has been replayed an inordinate number of times by me and ‘A Cover is Not the Book’ complete with my terrible Cockney accent is enough to have me banned from any job where I have to talk with an accent. 

It truly is a sweet film based around the Banks family children after they have grown up and had children of their own. Blunt’s Mary Poppins was truly wonderful; unlike me her accent was impeccable, and her acting was flawless.

It should be noted that if you are anything like me (and cry at everything) then the film will tug at your heart strings and make you well up so much, tissues might be needed depending on how you respond to the emotion included within the film. There is a focus on themes like love and family with a sprinkle of magic and in the scenic setting of London. Completely unlike the insanity, overcrowded hotbed of problems London has today, but the charming ye olde London of street-lamps, Big Ben and kites that is similar to the feel you get in the Paddington movies. 

If you loved the first Mary Poppins and fancy a charming film as sweet as cake and tea, then this is the perfect film for you. 

Feature Picture: Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures. David Magee, Rob Marshall, 2018.