Mary Poppins Returns revolves around the Banks family with Jane and Michael Banks all grown up. Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) is struggling to support his family so Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) comes back to look after Michael’s children after they have recently lost their mother. She helps them become imaginative and childlike again with the help of lamp lighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda).
I can say that I definitely missed Mary Poppins without knowing it with the 50 plus years she has been off screen. And since I haven’t seen the original Mary Poppins since I was a child, this film made me want to go back and watch it again. Mary Poppins Returns manages to recapture the magic and wonder of the first film.
Emily Blunt is phenomenal as Mary Poppins, she captures the character’s attitude and mannerisms perfectly. She is Mary Poppins as much as Julie Andrews is and I didn’t find myself comparing the two in the role. And as a fan of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda was great as Jack and it was cool to see him rap a little in one of the songs.
Meryl Streep also has a small role in the film, but she felt out of place. She was too over the top for me and had an accent that didn’t fit. Colin Firth is the villain, but he’s pretty one note. Ben Whishaw, however, really impressed me in the film, he was able to bring emotion out in the film and convey the direness of the situation he’s in.
The film is an utter delight and the musical sequences are really fun. The songs are catchy, but they aren’t on the same level of the original songs (though that doesn’t mean that they aren’t good). There’s some great visual effects in the film and a really great 2D animated sequence. Overall, this is a really great family movie and Emily Blunt continues to demonstrate how talented of an actress she is.
I give Mary Poppins Returns an A-