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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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (20)

It shifts a little nearer than its predecessor did to the spiky, peppery briskness of Travers's tales, and the whole enterprise exhales, as it should, an air of the politely mad.

December 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Blunt is charmingly crisp and superior. Her winning performance makes this new nanny a keeper.

December 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Mary Poppins Returns" might have had a chance had the movie not tried to compete with the original in terms of scale. With 20 minutes of song and dance numbers cut, the movie really could have been better - not great, but better.

December 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's not just Blunt that's at the top of her game in this thoroughly delightful enterprise by director Rob Marshall and a crack team of artists devoted to both honoring a time-worn classic and finding something new to say. The visuals are lovely [too].

December 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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…

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