Last week I went to see Mary Poppins Returns. I am a huge Mary Poppins fan so of course, I had to see this movie. I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t be nearly as good as the original Mary Poppins since the original is so wonderful and a classic in my opinion. I was glad that I was pleasantly surprised. While it’s not the original movie, it did certainly have that Mary Poppins feel and Disney really tried to make it different, but include some of our favorite things from the original movie.
The references to the original movie were done in such a way as to not be too obvious but recognizable by those who are fans of the original Mary Poppins. I think having the movie center around the grown-up Banks children was certainly helpful in letting us a flashback to the original Mary Poppins while creating new Mary Poppins scenes in our heads. We also see the return of the Banks’ neighbor and his firing of the canon on the roof of his home which of course is just as entertaining as it was in the original movie.
In this movie instead of chimney sweeps, we have the street lamp lighters called leeries. They had a dance sequence very similar to Chim Chim Cheree that was probably my favorite song and dance number in the new movie. The songs, I didn’t feel were as great as the original Mary Poppins movie, but that could just be because they aren’t songs I’ve known since my childhood. I would imagine they will in time become some of our favorites and we will know them just as well as we know Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious or Spoonful of Sugar.
In the movie, the Banks children are trying to save their family home after the bank wants to take it because Michael hasn’t been able to keep up with the payments after the passing of his wife. While he is a part-time employee of the bank, his main job is as an artist. He and Jane begin to figure out how to save the house and realize that their dad has some shares in the bank that will be able to cover the payment. The trouble is, they’ve lost the copy of the shares certificate. The movie focuses around the finding of these shares and without spoiling the movie ending completely, I will refrain from telling if they found those shares and saved the house.
Overall, it’s not the original Mary Poppins, but it certainly has a Mary Poppins feel and was entertaining to watch and find the different references to the original movie. I would recommend seeing it, but don’t expect it to have the original Mary Poppins feel. Enjoy it for what it is.