“Mary Poppins Returns”

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The musical “Mary Poppins” was released in 1964. It which became the most successful film in Disney Studio’s history. Half a century later, and a huge number of other screenings of the nanny-sorceress and Miss Perfection once again fly to us on an umbrella.

Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns

In the original “Mary Poppins” from 1964, the children of Mary and Jane Banks live in London. Their dad banker doesn’t deal with them at all. Suddenly, Mary Poppins, a mysterious and magical nanny appears. She helps children to build relationships with their father. And help the father remember what it means to be a child. Selected moments, dances and songs from the movie are quoted even these days. In the new part, 25 years later, it’s the Great Depression. Michael and Jane Banks grew up and got adult problems. A year ago, Michael’s wife died, leaving him with three children – John, Georgie and Annabelle. The trouble does not come alone – Michael is in debt, and the bank wants to take the house from Banks. In this dark time, Mary Poppins reappears on the threshold.

Usually we don’t expect anything good from the classics sequels.  Instead of pleasant nostalgia, we get those very Christmas decorations, that glitter. “Mary Poppins Returs”  is completely different. This is a magical story about the magical time of the year. It’s worth going to the cinema for it. just before doing that you need to watch the first film, and even maybe read the book. Like Mary, who gave advice to young pupils, let us give you a couple of recommendations that will help you not to miss this film between New Year giants-blockbusters and appreciate it.

Why you need to prepare to go to the cinema? For your own pleasure – to get a lot more viewing experience. “Mary Poppins Returns” is not a remake, but a nostalgic homage to the 1960’s film, which is disguised as a new story. There is a big scene with 2D-animation, and similar solutions in musical numbers (for example, the dance of lamplighters echoes the dancers of chimney sweeps), and even the elderly but vigorous Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke, who played in the 1960’s film by Bert, the partner Mary, and the head of the Bank, obeying only money.

The Plot

The plot of the new “Mary Poppins” has become more mature with its heroes. If before it was about childhood and family values, now it’s about family values ​​and overcoming  big difficulties. The film focuses not only on the incredible adventures of young Banks and the magical nanny. There is also suffering single father, Michael, who yearns for his wife, and the experiences of children left without a mother and at risk of losing their home and the last bits of their usual, stable life. Such accents make the film more interesting, but less harmonious. Young audience are unlikely to understand the drama of unpaid loans.

Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns

But it’s worth watching it with or without children, because first of all it’s a spectacular show. Thanks to modern special effects, the fantasy world became even brighter, while retaining a pleasant intimacy. It seems like are watching a recording of a Broadway musical.

Mary Poppins Returns Cast

 The cast of “Mary Poppins” are very good. Emily Blunt turned out to be a worthy successor to Julie Andrews, the child actors played without falsehood, and Meryl Streep, who speaks here with an East Slavic accent, completely pays  off the money spent for the ticket.

Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins Returns

Only Colin Firth – his character is an absolute cardboard villain from 90’s family movies. Despite the blatant exploitation of nostalgia and some flaws, “Mary Poppins Returns” does what Mary Poppins knows best, teaches children to dream and think about family values, and to sad tired adults helps remember what it means to be children and believe in a miracle. A rare example of a good sequel that will be interesting to review in the original language.