The magical nanny, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt – Sherlock Gnomes, A Quiet Place) we have all heard about returns, decades later. This time to help the Banks Siblings, Michael (Ben Wishaw – Suffragette) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael’s children, Anabel (Pixie Davies – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) and John (Nathanael Saleh), through a difficult time that has befell the family.
While it would most certainly be a delight to watch the first Mary Poppins film again, the only knowledge needed is presented to the viewer in the first few minutes of the film. But one would be hard pressed to find anyone who has not heard the name Mary Poppins at some time or other, with at least an inkling of familiarity with the character.
From the dazzling costumes, to the sets that that take us to a place the most certainly feels magic, the film is a visual delight. Add to this, the song and dance routines, as only Disney can do, and there is joy that permeates through an audience while watching. Let this not scare away those who are averse to musicals, there is still plenty of drama, not to mention humour, to become engrossed in.
Mary Poppins Returns is a delight, for both young and old, with a little something from all walks of life, that most are sure to connect with. A story, a lesson, and a smile at the end. Well deserving of the praise and award nominations garnered thus far.