Mary Poppins Returns REVIEW | Cineworld Super Screen & Novelty items

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! Blogmas is now officially over, but as you guys may remember from last year, I prefer to blog every day up until the New Year instead of just blogging up until Christmas Day.

So two days before Christmas, my Mom and I went to see Mary Poppins Returns, and I wanted to do a spoiler-free review of it for you guys.

So, as always, by ‘spoiler free’ I mean that anything I mention with regards to the plot or casting is only what has been seen in the trailers, and therefore isn’t spoiling the film itself. If you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is.

First of all, Mary Poppins Returns – and I shouldn’t have to state this as the title already does so – is a sequel, not a remake. There’s been much confusion, and a lot of people complaining about the film. I don’t see where it comes from, the title literally states that she’s coming back, so how can people think this is a remake? But anyway, enough about that.

The trailers have all had me in tears, because I loved them so much. Mary Poppins is a beautiful movie, and I’m so glad to be immersed in the stories once more. Mary comes back when she gets caught on a kite, and tells a grown-up Jane and Michael that she’s returned to take care of the Banks children. I love this little scene in the trailer, and all I’ll say is it’s longer and even better in the film itself.

The film is set in Depression-era London, 25 years after the events of Mary Poppins. The Banks are going through a tough time, as Michael has recently lost his wife – the children’s mother – and Jane is trying to help him through. They are about to lose their family home, the home they grew up in, and the film centres around that. It’s a very sad plot line, but it’s realistic and honestly, I think children need films like this.

The music is fantastic. I had heard mixed reviews about the score, but with Richard M. Sherman working on the film – he is credited as musical consultant – you come to expect great music. My favourite songs were The Place Where Lost Things Go – I cried at both the original and the reprisal – and A Cover Is Not The Book. The music is just as iconic as the original soundtrack, and their are little nods to the Sherman Brother’s music in there too.

The film, and certainly Blunt’s portrayal of Mary Poppins, are much more like P L Travers’ books than the original film. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Mary Poppins, but I’ve read a couple of the books, and I found Mary Poppins to be much harsher, and the tales to be much darker, than Andrews’ portrayal and the original film. That is not a bad thing, but I think P L Travers might have enjoyed this film. Or at least hated it less? If you’ve seen Saving Mr Banks, you’ll know what I mean.

I truly loved this film, me and my Mom came out crying, and when you read this, we should be going to see it again tomorrow with my Dad. It’s an excellent musical, it’s classic Disney – there’s even credits at the beginning! – and I think Walt would have loved it. I wish there was some way he could tell us whether he liked it or not. I think the song The Place Where Lost Things Go would have been his favourite, as we know his favourite from the original was Feed The Birds.

There are a lot of nods to the original, and the books, in this film. Yet, it is a film in it’s own right. If you’d never seen the original – and really, why haven’t you? – you wouldn’t need to see it to understand this film. It’s an instant classic, and I implore you all to see it.

There is no sign of Julie Andrews, as she didn’t want to outshine Emily Blunt, which I think was wonderful of her. I don’t think it would have hurt to show her in Emily’s reflection at some point, but it wasn’t necessary. We do get Dick Van Dyke, playing the son of the other role he had in the original. I think this shows that Julie was right not to be in the film, as he did steal this scene from Mary Poppins, but it was wonderful to see him nonetheless.

The casting was amazing, I loved everyone in it. The bad guy wasn’t who I thought it would be from the trailer, which came as a shock to me and I actually gasped in the cinema! There is one cameo that wasn’t advertised, and I won’t spoil it. Just look for someone asking for directions.

So that was my little review of the film! As mentioned in the title of this blog post, we decided to opt for Super Screen with Cineworld for this viewing. It’s a little bit more expensive, but we’re not sure it was worth it. The seats are more comfortable, and the screen is bigger – but I feel that modern cinemas have a pretty decent screen and seats anyway. It was a nice experience, but I’m not sure we would do it again.

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We also bought some of the novelty items, which I don’t always go for, but on this occasion I had to! The popcorn bucket came in handy to share popcorn with my Mom, as she had the bag and I had the bucket, and the cup is for my Mom. The bucket was £7, the cup was £6, and we got another cup for £3. If you’re going to buy these, please bear in mind that your popcorn and drinks must be bought on top of these purchases.

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So that was my review of Mary Poppins Returns! As you’ll notice from the featured image, I took my Mary Poppins cosy from Pixie Dust Crochet with me. Remember you can use my code LIZEINDISNEY10 for 10% off your order.

If you haven’t seen it yet, please go and see it and let me know what you thought in the comments down below. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, and if you have please subscribe to my blog!

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  1. I don’t understand why there was so much confusion regarding how this isn’t a remake. The word “Returns” is in the title, after all – you have to have been somewhere before you can go back.

    That being said, I wish I were able to muster your level of enthusiasm for the film. Of course, it really had no chance to rival the original & to have attempted as much would have been foolish, but I think it’s certainly better than expected. Still, I think a lot of my fondness for it is owed to nostalgia for the original as opposed to what they brought that’s new to the table.

    I don’t know if you get her show over there, but a few weeks ago, Ellen DeGeneres had John Krasinski on & he was talking about seeing the film with his wife (Emily Blunt) & kids in a preview screening & how emotional the first 20 minutes is. On that, I couldn’t agree more, thanks to Ben Wishaw’s performance as the elder Michael Banks, who remains devastated by his wife’s death almost a year later. He & Emily Blunt especially did the best work in the film.

    I was not as impressed by some of the writing (“You can’t lose what’s never been lost.” What???) & some of the music felt out of place (A Cover Is Not The Book has some fairly risque lyrics on the order of Cabaret – Emily Blunt even looks a bit like Sally Bowles during that scene). In the original film, as much as I like the song & some of the effects, I always felt the Step In Time sequence went on just a little too long & I think the same can be said of its replacement here with its random bike choreography. The film also has a few too many characters that are in there just for one scene with no real payoff – do we know if Topsy ever fixes the bowl? And Angela Lansbury, while her performance was good – who was she? Just a random balloon lady? I guess I just like things that call back to earlier things or pay off later somehow.

    The cameo you mentioned was very much appreciated, though I fear I might have been the only one in my screening to have noticed, much like the joke that Dick Van Dyke references in his scene. I’m going to have to see it again while still in theaters.

    The thing that frustrates me most about these films or their live action remakes of animated classics is that they are sometimes seen as overt cash grabs. Perhaps this one less so, as it was a sequel to a beloved 50+ year old film & carried some risk with it, but I’d much prefer Disney offer new movies over their upcoming slate of Dumbo, The Lion King, Aladdin, Lady & the Tramp, Peter Pan, etc. Growing up in the 1980s, we just seemed to have so many more & they could be dark (Something Wicked This Way Comes, Child of Glass, The Watcher in the Woods, light & inventive (Flight of the Navigator, Return to OZ) & even groundbreaking (Tron, Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Now it seems that if they have one setback (John Carter, Tomorrowland, etc.) that it’s years before we see something where they’re swinging for the fence again. Mary Poppins Returns? It’s a ground ruled double.

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  2. Are you at all familiar with the films of Cartoon Saloon in Ireland? They created The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea & the upcoming Wolf Walkers, among other animated features. Like the films of Miyazaki, I’d love to see Disney distribute them so they could be enjoyed by a wider audience. But you’re right – there are countless folk & fairytales they can explore. I have yet to see a decent take on Finn McCool. They could do their own spin on something like Hansel & Gretel, or even go back to abandoned projects like Chanticleer. Not every movie of theirs has to be an EVENT, but they could still find an audience with smaller releases.

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  3. Something else I’d like to see them do periodically are a return to the package features of the 1940s. As a way of acknowledging their past, why not do another story of Washington Irving’s? Rip Van Winkle would make a wonderful 30 minute story on the level of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & they could get this generation’s Bing Crosby to narrate & perform the songs. They could have various Disney Radio artists (the kind we have to sit through in order to see any of the parade), to do the songs for more experimental shorts or whatever today’s equivalent of Johnny Fedora & Alice Bluebonnet might be, or like they did decades ago, send their artists abroad to Asia or Africa & give us something on the order of Saludos Amigos & The Three Caballeros, where we can learn something about another culture & be entertained at the same time.

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