Pop­pins’ slav­ish se­quel

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings -

There’s no one right way to re­boot a beloved prop­erty.

For Mary Pop­pins Re­turns, di­rec­tor Rob Mar­shall and writ­ers David Magee and John DeLuca have taken the “ain’t broke, don’t fix it” ap­proach when it comes to cre­at­ing a se­quel to the mul­ti­ple-Os­car­win­ning 1964 film Mary Pop­pins.

Beloved nanny Mary Pop­pins does in­deed re­turn, this time in the form of Emily Blunt, but de­spite its best ef­forts, the film around her doesn’t quite achieve lift-off.

The char­ac­ter of Mary Pop­pins is pos­i­tively staunch about magic, fun and imag­i­na­tion, and her for­mer charges Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane Banks (Emily Mor­timer) have lost their sense of play.

Michael’s a wid­ower with three young chil­dren, Jane is a work­ers’ rights ac­tivist.

The griev­ing Michael is on the verge of los­ing their fam­ily home to the bank be­cause if there’s one thing a Dis­ney re­boot needs, it’s se­ri­ously heavy-duty is­sues such as “home fore­clo­sure”.

The orig­i­nal film found poignancy in Michael and Jane sim­ply want­ing to spend more time with their busy par­ents. But Mary Pop­pins Re­turns just feels a bit too busy for the truly emo­tional mo­ments to breathe, such as how the Banks chil­dren, Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Ge­orgie (Joel Daw­son) mourn the loss of their mother.

Blunt’s Mary Pop­pins is crisp, proper, with a hint of barely con­tained chaos lin­ger­ing around her toothy smile.

Hamil­ton cre­ator and star Lin-Manuel Mi­randa plays the equiv­a­lent of Dick Van Dyke’s Bert as Jack, one of Bert’s chim­ney sweeps who moved on to lamp-light­ing. While Blunt and Mi­randa are in­deed charm­ing, they are miss­ing a sense of the in­no­cent play­ful­ness and mis­chief of Julie An­drews and Van Dyke.

Per­haps the real way to pay trib­ute to Mary Pop­pins is not to recre­ate what once was, but to find magic in new ways of see­ing.

Emily Blunt asMary Pop­pins, Pixie Davies as Annabel Banks, Nathanael Saleh as John Banks and Joel Daw­son as Ge­orgie Banks in Mary Pop­pins Re­turns.

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