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Mary Poppins Returns

Set a few years after the original movie, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael (Ben Whishaw) are all grown up. Michael’s kids are in desperate need of a nanny following a personal loss and, magically, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) arrives to help the children rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.



Filling the shoes of Julie Andrews in the original Mary Poppins could not have been easy for Emily Blunt, due to the adoring audience of the original. Her portrayal is mostly great, but she is held back by the character’s excessive vanity. The special effects are superb and will captivate children and adults. Some scenes include hand drawn animations –  the first time a studio has used the technique  since Winnie the Pooh in 2011. However, fans of the original will be left wishing for more authenticity. – Bryan Turner

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