SOMETHING ABOUT MARY
WHEN news first broke there would be a remake of one of my most favourite movies, my blood boiled. Learning it was a sequel calmed me somewhat and just left me with nerves. I mean I love Emily Blunt, but how could she possibly take over a role Dame Julie Andrews made her own? Well, here’s the thing: she pulls it off with an utterly beguiling performance. No spoons full of sugar were required to make this medicine go down. It was, in fact, as supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as the first, with enough poignant nods to the beloved Disney classic to win over the most diehard fans. Me included. It picks up as now fatherof-three Michael Banks (Ben Wishart) faces financial ruin. Sister Jane (Emily Mortimer, is no help. Thank goodness their childhood nanny Mary, who has not aged a bit, arrives to save the day. Taking over the sidekick role is Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as chimney sweep Jack (although Dick Van Dyke does have a cameo, where he almost steals the whole movie). It was practically perfect: my only complaint is there was no cameo from the original Mary, herself — the incomparable Dame Julie. But as director Rob Marshall said at the premiere, the Oscar winner worried that by appearing in the film, it might take away from Blunt’s performance and her spin on the character. Angela Lansbury is an adequate stand-in. Come for the nostalgia, stay for the soundtrack.