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Movie Review: Mary Poppins Returns – A Sequel That Will Bring Back A Lot Of Memories


54 years after Disney brought the much-loved character of Mary Poppins on celluloid, she is now back to take care of three kids in the film Mary Poppins Returns, which has just hit the silver screen.

Based on the book series Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, the film is a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins. The film is all about Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) who are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane.

After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family. Mary takes care of the children while Michael busies himself with sorting out their lives and, this being the Mary Poppins world, she takes them on a magical journey full of important, not-so-hidden life messages. Now what happens post this forms the basic crux of the film.

For those who have watched the 1964 version, the very sight of Mary Poppins will bring back memories. Comparisons to Julie Andrews and Emily Blunt is a given-in, but then Emily stands tall and is a treat to watch.

Yes, the film does meander in the second half, but the climax is almost magical. Every actor has played their part with loads of sincerity and the film is a fun watch. Yes, it may not be as dramatic as one expects it to be, but still, this one is a fun watch.

All in all, Mary Poppins Returns is a film that may not be superintending, but it will for sure bring a smile on your face. It will also bring back loads of memories.

Characters of Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda will for sure tickle your funny bone. Also, the film’s music by Marc Shaiman touches the heart.

Do watch the film this weekend and I am sure you will have a smile on your face.

Rating: Two And A Half


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