Based on the book series, Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers, the film is a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, and stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous character with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles as well as introducing Joel Dawson and Tarik Frimpong in their film debut.
Set in 1930s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film, it sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy.
Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier.
Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins, the beloved nanny from their childhood, arrives in the nick of time to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, and once again, fun-filled adventure.
Emily Blunt does a superb job as Mary Poppins and really brings the character to life in her own special and unique way.
With new songs and musical scenes for this sequel, there isn’t a moment of dullness anywhere in the movie and you can definitely see the parallel between some of the musical scenes from Mary Poppins Returns and the first Mary Poppins film.
This movie is just beautifully done and doesn’t take away from the original Mary Poppins film from 1964, but rather leaves you feeling happy and reminiscing watching the first movie. I found myself watching this film with a smile on my face during most of the scenes, as well as getting teary and emotional in others. Leaving the cinema, I felt like buying another ticket to watch all the fun and magic again.
This is a movie the whole family will enjoy, anyone of any age and definitely not one you want to miss. See it once, see it twice, own it on DVD, but make sure this is a film you first get to see on the big screen at a Ster-Kinekor Theatre near you.