Mary Poppins Returns

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The world’s favourite magical nanny returns to the big screen after 54 years in Disney’s new musical, Mary Poppins Returns. This film is a sequel to the 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns picks up 24 years after the events of the original, amidst the 1930s depression-era of London. The sequel finds the beloved nanny returning back to the Banks children, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and his sister, Jane (Emily Mortimer), who are now grown up. Michael is a father of three children and lives in the family home on Cherry Tree Lane. Times are tough for the Banks family, as Michael has recently lost his wife and is struggling financially. Fortunately, things start to change when Mary Poppins unexpectedly arrives once again and helps introduce the next generation of Banks children to her magical world.

In 1964, Julie Andrews captivated the world with her iconic performance as Mary Poppins. Now, British actress Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) reprises the role as the mystical nanny. The 92-year-old actor, Dick Van Dyke, who originally played the chimney sweep, Bert, returns in the sequel as Mr Dawes Jr, a board member of the bank Michael works for. Broadway star, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton), joins the cast as Jack, a charming and upbeat lamplighter.

The sequel also introduces new supporting roles played by Hollywood’s finest. Meryl Streep plays Mary Poppins’ quirky cousin, Topsy, and Colin Firth portrays William Weatherall Wilkins, the two-faced bank’s chairman.

The unforgettable songs and the strong acting performances made Mary Poppins one of the most-beloved musicals of all time. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman draw inspiration from the original songs to create a delightful new soundtrack for the sequel. Nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, Mary Poppins Returns is a visually stunning treat and elegantly recaptures the magic of the original film.  

 

Sabrina Joshi, Hollywood Correspondent

 

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