The joy of Mary Poppins Returning

In Mary Poppins Returns, Poppins comes back to take care of the Banks children - Georgie, Anabel, and John but really to help Michael Banks after the passing of his wife, Kate.

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The joy of Mary Poppins Returning

Robin Benbo, Journalist

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   In 1964, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke took to the big screen in Disney’s Mary Poppins. The fun, lovable nanny would make her way into people’s hearts and home for years to come. Fans wondered for years if a sequel would ever be made, then in December of 2018, after decades of waiting fans finally got a sequel we’d been waiting for. Mary Poppins was my favorite movie so this news was very exciting for me.

     The sequel Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins and Lin Manuel Miranda as Jack, Jane Banks as Emily Mortimer and Michael Banks as Ben Whishaw. In Mary Poppins Returns, Poppins comes back to take care of the Banks children – Georgie, Anabel, and John but really to help Michael Banks after the passing of his wife, Kate.

  In all, Mary Poppins Returns clocks in at 2 hours and 10 minutes, making it 9 minutes shorter than the original. The newer movie includes 27 songs all written by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by  and Scott Wittman, who both are composers and directors. The songs are very beautiful and entertaining, song like “A Conversation” which were written with heart and love.

  Mary Poppins Returns was based off of the book series written by P.L. Travers. This movie was based off the book Mary Poppins Comes Back. This leads to the question, since there are more books, will there be more movies? Fans really hope so.

Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns

   Many people thought actress Emily Blunt would try to outdo the original Mary Poppins actress, Julie Andrews but that was just the opposite. Andrews helped Blunt get into character and stayed on set to oversee everything. Blunt did a wonderful job and did not exceed Andrews at all. Andrews was offered a part in the movie but declined because she didn’t want the focus to be taken off of Blunt.

  Although Andrews declined a part in the movie, her former co-star Dick Van Dyke accepted the role of Mr. Dawes Junior, whose father he also played in the original movie. The 93-year-old actor sang and dance just like in the original, causing laughter and joy to many Mary Poppins fans. It major fans like me cry of happiness and awe.

  Lin Manuel Miranda, who has previously worked for Disney on the Moana soundtrack and writer of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, plays Jack. Mary Poppins met Jack when he was younger since he was an apprentice for Bert, the chimney sweep from the original movie. This part meant a lot since people expected them to not even mention Bert in the sequel.

  The movie focuses on themes of love and friendship and not giving up on the important things and it truly makes you feel all the feelings. Some scenes and songs will make you sad, others happy and adventurous, so whether you’re planning to “Trip a Little Light Fantastic” or your world is “Turning Turtle,”this movie will make you laugh, smile, cry and see the importance of love and family.