Mary Poppins Returns, 7/10, makes a comeback with a hop, skip and a jump. 54 years after the original, Mary Poppins is back and portrayed by Emily Blunt who delivers a performance that was practically perfect in every way. Poppins, as a character, is one that is cherished and loved by so many. She recognises what is needed in your life and gives it to you with an imperious, off-hand manner to make it slightly easier when she sadly has to leave.
Many would say Poppins’ return wasn’t entirely necessary yet to Micheal Banks, it has never been more needed. With the imminent fear of loosing his house and still struggling to cope with the death of his wife and the demanding job of looking after three children, Mary returns to pick up the pieces and to inject wonder into the children’s life.
You can tell the makers of this movie loved the original as much as the masses and have been able to embody the magic from the first. This will be refreshing for lovers of the original and will invest a newly found audience who can get caught up in Emily Blunt’s quintessential and brilliantly British performance. My only bugbear was with the theatrical undertone which I felt needed a mountain-sized spoonful of sugar to take the at times cringe dialogue. Saying this, I feel the infectious, upbeat music of the film overrides my opinion and equates to an enjoyable, and nostalgic for some, musical instalment. As cinematic releases go for the festive period, this makes for a wonderful family outing as there is an abundance of fun to be enjoyed by all.
Entertainment (of its genre): 6/10
Overall rating….. 7/10