There is one word, which was tried to pronounce by generations: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The associated song, as well as the awarded song “Chim Chim Cher-ee” were hummed and whistled by the youth and old for decades. It’s a story about the young children Michael and Jane Banks, whose father had no time for them. As a responsible business man, George Banks attach importance to strict rules. Thus, the children have a long wish list when the moment comes that their father seeks a new nanny. The answer to their wishes is the magical and cheerful Mary Poppins.
MARY POPPINS’ RETURN NOW ON DISC
Now, 20 years later, Michael (Ben Wishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) have reached adulthood. With his three children, Michael still lives at Cherry Tree Lane 17 in London.
It’s the year 1930. England is in the midst of the economic crisis. But Michael is working for the bank, where his father was already employed. His wife died, and, thus, his sister Jane helps him to handle the everyday life.
Together with the housekeeper Ellen (Julie Walters), Jane also takes care of Michaels children Annabel (Pixie Davies), Georgie (Joel Dawson) and John (Nathanael Saleh). However, the young woman is also very busy. She follows her mother’s footsteps and champions workers rights.
One day, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) magically returns into the lives of the Banks family. With the help of her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), she brings joy and wonder back to the Bank’s home.
The abundance of material from the seven additional books, which PL Travers wrote once, inspired Walt Disney again. Thus, the company, well-known for and well-experienced in film musicals, gathered the top league of Hollywood stars as well as new talents to create a sequel of one of the most successful Disney movies ever.
EMILY BLUNT AS MARY POPPINS
The result is Mary Poppins’ Returns. It’s a vivid and charming film. Above all, Emily Blunt gives a modern face to the most popular nanny of all times.
After films like La La Land, where Emma Stone convinced as talented singer and dancer, Emily Blunt shows that she can nearly play any character. With her cheeky smile, her deep eyes and her skillful acting, she embodies the modern Mary Poppins perfectly.
Mary Poppins’ Return is a joyful film in the glory of the old Hollywood musicals. The cast does a good job, the contemporary songs stimulate the feet to dance.
The audience discovers Mary Poppins colorful world, where nothing seems impossible. With her cheerful attitude, Mary Poppins leads us out from the grey reality into a vibrant scenery.
The sequel doesn’t present the popular original score. Furthermore, the film can’t reach the smart humor, atmosphere and charm of the original.
However, Mary Poppins’ Return is a cute and entertaining film, which is perfect for a family movie afternoon, not only on cloudy spring days. VALEUR gives 7.5 points. The film is available on DVD as well as Blu-Ray from April 26, 2019.