SOME­THING ABOUT MARY

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

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.

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