Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns

Rob Marshall (2018)

125min
U Certificate
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Review

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Emily Blunt brandishes the brolly of the world's most famous nanny in this fun sequel to Disney's evergreen 1964 classic, as Mary Poppins flies in to help the grown-up Banks children (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) who have fallen on hard times. Director Rob Marshall (Chicago) displays a deep affection for the original film, recapturing the warmth, mirth and magic of what went before, albeit with less memorable songs. Blunt is pitch perfect throughout - her Poppins arguably more street smart and blessed with sharper comic timing than Julie Andrews - and the returning Dick Van Dyke's well-judged cameo is complemented by joyful supporting turns from Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep. The 21st-century technology of the animation and special effects is used comparatively sparingly to retain the innocence and simplicity of the first film, and while by no means a full-bodied classic, this new adventure is a captivating and respectful new chapter for a much-loved family favourite.

Cast & Crew

Mary Poppins Emily Blunt
Jack Lin-Manuel Miranda
Michael Banks Ben Whishaw
Jane Banks Emily Mortimer
William Weatherall Wilkins / Wolf Colin Firth
Topsy Meryl Streep
Ellen Julie Walters
Mr Dawes Jr Dick Van Dyke
Balloon Lady Angela Lansbury
Admiral Boom David Warner
Mr Binnacle Jim Norton
Anabel Banks Pixie Davies
John Banks Nathanael Saleh
Georgie Banks Joel Dawson
Gooding / Badger Jeremy Swift
Frye / Weasel Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Park keeper Steve Nicolson
Shamus the Coachman Chris O'Dowd
Clyde the Horse Mark Addy
Elegant woman Karen Dotrice
Director Rob Marshall
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Dec 2018