Excerpt: My memories of Mary Poppins, vague as they are, are not so dim as to not notice that Mary Poppins Returns veers dangerously close to being less a sequel and more a remake, determined to mimic the original to where it makes its follow-up film shockingly unoriginal.
Excerpt: Led by a luminous Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns is obviously engineered to revisit, and frankly remake, the 1964 classic where every child learned the words to “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” but the end result nevertheless feels handcrafted and miraculously sincere.
Excerpt: Mary Poppins Returns doesn’t quite capture the same magical charm of the 1964 classic even though the production features several spectacularly choreographed performances. With excellent performances all around and a magnificent Emily Blunt, director Rob Marshall never really hits the right tone and balance, making this musical sequel a decent but ultimately forgettable follow-up.
Excerpt: More remake than sequel, Mary Poppins Returns does not usurp the original, but the check-in on Cherry Tree Lane feels a full order of magnitude lesser in majesty and material. Most audiences will appreciate a return to the world of nanny magic, but that feeling of less is actually less hovers nearby. However, there is something about that nanny…
Excerpt: For anyone who grew up with Julie Andrews as the ultimate nanny, “Mary Poppins Returns” is a bittersweet affair. Andrews chose not to return to the sequel in a guest role, but we’ve been given a bountiful array of actors to take the place of the original cast.
Excerpt: In Marshall’s spry and seasonal spectacle ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, this edition has its unique charm and rhythm that is undeniable…an imaginative escapist fable that believes in its sparkling whimsy.
Excerpt: For the 2 hours and 10 minutes of Mary Poppins Returns, we’re brought back to a place where the little things about humanity take center stage. It’s a more grounded, tangible experience elevated by the whimsy of Mary Poppins, kept down to earth by Michael and his children’s realistic worries, and buoyed by fantastic performances across the board.
Excerpt: Mary Poppins Returns is the cinematic equivalent of a very pleasant British greeting. The film is completely courteous and undoubtedly well-meaning. It presents itself with manicured poise and a dress-to-impress sense of style.