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I just got back from watching Mary Poppins Returns with my daughters – and it was a purely magical experience. Within the first few moments, I felt like a kid again. And that is no exaggeration. When Mary Poppins arrives on Cherry Tree Lane it is in perfect Mary Poppins fashion, and it only gets better from there. The music is phenomenal and I left the theater wanting to go see it again. Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and – well – every single actor in this film – were practically perfect in every way. Oh yea, and I cried. Like a lot. But would you expect anything else from me?
Lin-Manuel Miranda & Emily Blunt Are Amazing
I knew that both Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunt were ridiculously talented – but WOW! Both of them shine in Mary Poppins Returns. Lin-Manuel plays Jack, the light-hearted lamplighter, and Emily of course, plays Mary Poppins. Emily had some big shoes to fill and she does so perfectly. Lin-Manuel did as well, as Mary’s sidekick throughout the film, and trust me, he does. Both of their singing and dancing is contagious, and I have had the soundtrack on repeat since coming home.
All New Original Songs
At first I was bummed to hear that none of my favorite songs from the original Mary Poppins, but after seeing the movie I am SO GLAD that there wasn’t any. My friend Amiyrah over at 4 Hats and Frugal did tell me to listen closely at the end for the music from original songs (thank you for that!). I loved every single song (that bathtub scene!!!) and it is hard to pick a favorite. But I would have to go with A Cover is Not the Book for so many reasons. Not only is that scene just incredible in every single way – the costumes, the dancing, the… colors! – but also the lyrics are great. There is something to be said about these songs. They all teach a lesson, which leads me in to my next part of this review.
Lessons to be Learned
As with any Disney movie, we are given a lot of lessons to be learned in Mary Poppins Returns. I refuse to give spoilers because I think that this movie is something everyone should experience with fresh eyes, but there is one line Mary says that really stuck with me. It something I really needed to hear because I am a classic overthinker, which causes me to stress. A lot. She says, “Some people think too much, of that I am certain“. In 2019, I hope to stop thinking so much.
Overall, I highly recommend this movie to pretty much every single human. If you are a fan of the original, you will love it. If you know nothing of the original, you will love it. This film has something for everyone. From the moment it starts, you are sure to become a child at heart, just like Lin-Manuel’s character Jack.
About Mary Poppins Returns
In Disney’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS, an all-new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
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