Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Mary Poppins Returns
Director: Rob Marshall
Writer: David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca
Based on: P.L. Traversbooks
Sequel to/Remake of: Mary Poppins
Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Jeremy Swift, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury
Seen on: 19.12.2018

Many years ago, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) stayed with the Banks family to take care of Michael and Jane. Now Michael (Ben Wishaw) is a father and widower himself and he and Jane (Emily Mortimer) try their best to provide everything Michael’s children (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson) could need. But they are struggling, emotionially and financially. So Mary Poppins makes a return to the Banks’ home to help them once again.

Mary Poppins Returns is nice enough, but it didn’t really make me happy, given that it doesn’t really know if it is a remake or a sequel, makes some questionable choices, and generally it just doesn’t hold a candle to the old film.

The film poster showing Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt).
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Re-Watch: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a movie by Ken Hughes, based on the novel by Ian Fleming. It was written by Roald Dahl and stars Dick van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Fröbe, Heather Ripley and Adrian Hall.

Jemima (Heather Ripley) and Jeremy (Adrian Hall) fall in love with a car that is about to be wrecked. So they ask their father, inventor Caractacus (Dick van Dyke) to buy it for them. He actually succeeds in putting the money together and actually repairing the car. Together, they and Truly (Sally Ann Howes), who gets pulled into their lives by accident go for a picnic. But that’s just the beginning of the adventure.

They showed the movie in the cinema on Christmas Eve and since my sister asked me to babysit my nephew for the day, I had the perfect excuse to go and see it again. Unfortunately it doesn’t stand the test of time quite as well as it should have.

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