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frankqb

A few points on this remake in sequel's clothing:

1. Lacking 99% the charm of Julie Andrews, Emily Blunt tries her best, but often comes off as short-tempered, narcissistic and uncaring. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a great stand-in for Dick Van Dyke, but isn't as interesting or as funny.

2. The songs are (mostly) lovely, but they are only vaguely memorable.

3. It's clear from the opening pre-credits number that the film was a bit of a structural mess, but each scene is fine for editing. I'm not sure they knew how to piece all the bits together.

4. The Poppins magic is lost by talking about the Poppins magic. Leave it all a mystery, instead it's made into this tangible thing that is given an explanation despite claiming no explanation is needed.

5. I have never seen Colin Firth so bored-looking.

6. While the original was notable for its fun sub-plot-like adventures, this film really does turn these sub-plots into mini adventures, but some are completely illogical and irrelevant (not in the fun Mary Poppins way, but rather in a "I'm a movie executive, and i demand a chase sequence and a love story" kind of way). One major subplot is actually left unresolved, and if you think about it, it's all Mary Poppin's fault spoiler

It's all a little too anti-septic, too calculated. The joy of "Mary Poppins" was the unpredictability mixed with confident charm. Instead, we see the entire resolution to the plot in the opening 30 mins and then wait for the characters to catch up. The emotional metaphors mixed up in this hugely foreshadowed plot are thin at best. spoiler

All in all, it's fine, I just wish it took more risks, but there's merchandise to sell.

2 stars out of 5
4 weeks 1 day ago
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chunkylefunga

Pretty average, nice but forgettable songs. Andrews > Blunt.

Remake in sequel's clothing.
1 week 6 days ago
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peterskb45

I've never seen so many men pole-dancing in a movie since Magic Mike.
3 weeks 3 days ago
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Siskoid

Emily Blunt makes a great Mary Poppins in the original musical's belated sequel Mary Poppins Returns. I was immediately wanting her to be Doctor Who and put the same spin on the role. That's my standard, I'm sorry. In many ways, this film is similar to Christopher Robin earlier this year. It follows up on an old children's book/film, catching up with its child protagonists now all grown up and in urgent need of reconnecting with those childhoods. And it's saddled with a money troubles-type plot only adults will get, though not necessarily care about. But Mary Poppins is a more lively film, with memorable songs, cool dance numbers, and great-looking fantasy sequences, so the banking stuff (which I admit was also part of the original) isn't as much of a drag on the film. It hits a lot of notes old fans want it to, but isn't opaque to those few souls who haven't been touched by the original. While I can only rave about Blunt (and hope they decide to do at least one more movie with her - there were eight books after all), the film's MVP is really Ben Whishaw as the grown Michael who is touching as all get out trying to escape his genetic imperative to become just like his father. Whatever its weaknesses - why do people keep giving singing roles to Meryl Streep? - Mary Poppins Returns overcomes them, largely because everyone's having so much fun, on screen as much as in the audience.
2 weeks 5 days ago
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Rodolfo

A remake in sequel's clothing is a perfect description.
3 weeks 4 days ago
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