Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Mary Poppins Returns relies on the magic of its classic forebear to cast a familiar -- but still solidly effective -- family-friendly spell.

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Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, "Mary Poppins Returns" also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers' additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

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Emily Blunt
as Mary Poppins
Ben Whishaw
as Michael Banks
Emily Mortimer
as Jane Banks
Colin Firth
as William Weatherall Wilkins
Dick Van Dyke
as Mr. Dawes Jr.
Angela Lansbury
as Balloon Lady
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Emily Blunt proves herself a sparkling successor to Julie Andrews -with a lovely singing voice to match.

December 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Blunt sings well and dances efficiently (she's best in a music-hall number in which she gets to play Cockney and show some sass), but she's a mite robotic. She makes you appreciate how well the part fit Julie Andrews.

December 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Spoonfuls of sugar always help the movie magic go down; if only this Mary had gotten a necessary twist of lemon, too.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

When Blunt, in strong voice, sings a new song, "The Place Where Lost Things Go" (an exquisite lullaby that already feels like a classic), she's offering up a cosmic coping strategy.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Emily Blunt, holding the movie in her impeccably gloved hands, makes Mary Poppins her own.

December 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It will be a jolly-er holiday with "Mary Poppins Returns."

December 12, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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