Directed by Rob Marshall
Starring Emily Blunt and Lin Manuel Miranda
Music and Lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Williams
Based upon the Mary Poppins Novels by PL Travers
Wow!!! That says it all after seeing the sequel to the 1964 Walt Disney Studio hit Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins Returns is a marvelous magical musical movie, and where Disney returned to it’s roots with The Little Mermaid back in the early 90s. now Disney has gone one better and may have made the best movie in the history of the studio. If The Academy does not give this film a nomination for best picture they’ll have me to reckon with.
Mary Poppins returns hits theaters on December 19, 2018 but don’t wait go and and grab your tickets now as this film is destined to become a Disney classic.
PL Travers wrote a total of five Mary Poppins books and so there was a wealth of material for the Disney studio to delve into for the plot of this new film. The film takes place some 20 years in the future of the original Mary Poppins film which, as you may recall took place in 1910. Jane and Michael Banks have grown up. Michael has married and has three children, his wife, before the film begins, has passed on.
Michael, grieving for his wife and unable to run the home he grew up in, is about to lose the house to the bank. Realizing that his father left him shares in the bank that he owes money to, Michael desperately tries to find the certificates amongst his father’s papers in the attic. While searching he finds the kite that that he, Jane and his parents used to fly he takes the kite to the dust bin. The kite, almost magically blows away until the string finds it way into the hands of Michael’s youngest son George.
The kite is now being pulled so hard by the wind that George is about to be lifted off his feet until he is caught by Jack, the London Lamp Lighter. Played by Lin Manuel Miranda. Jack looks up at the kite and with an expression of pure joy on his face exclaims, “As I live and breathe,” and Mary Poppins Returns on the string of the kite.
I don’t want to give away much of the plot to this delightful film. Doing so would spoil your first time seeing it. What I will say is that the story is masterfully written with a villain, played by Colin Firth and a series of adventures that not only teach the children but also their father.
Lin Manuel Miranda was born for musicals. He has a look of pure joy on his face from the very beginning of the film. You can see how much he loves what he is doing and he is perfectly cast as Jack.
There are some people that are going to say that no one should play the role of Mary Poppins except Julie Andrews. Julie Andrews did a
No part should become the soul property of one actor or actress. The public lose out when that happens especially when there is more story to tell as is the case with Mary Poppins.
Now run and reserve your seats early for Mary Poppins Returns which is sure to be the delight of the holiday season.