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Mary Poppins Returns - Movie Review

Allison - AV March 29, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns is indeed a return to all the best things from the original 1964 film – and the parallelisms between the two pop up pleasantly from the very beginning of the film until the final scene. Cast in the title role, Emily Blunt plays a terser, slightly colder Mary Poppins who perfectly toes the line between propriety and preposterousness. Joining Blunt in the role of pseudo-narrator is Lin-Manuel Miranda, a lively lamplighter who always seems to show up just in time to lend a hand or join in on an adventure – and adventure is present aplenty. Similar to the original film, Mary Poppins takes the Banks children on two unique forays into the world of imagination and on a trip to visit a topsy-turvy relative. Viewers will also be delighted to see that Admiral Boom still lives next door, Michael works at the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, and Dick Van Dyke makes a cameo appearance at the age of 93! Overall, the film was excellent – if a bit dark – and Blunt’s portrayal of the protagonist was fantastic. Likely to be enjoyed by adults and children’s alike, I do recommend that the original be viewed first.

Overall Rating: A

Librarian’s Rating: A+ for including the song, “A Cover is Not the Book”

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