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A SPOON­FUL of nos­tal­gia – make that sev­eral heaped spoon­fuls – helps the joy-in­fused medicine of Rob Mar­shall’s 1930s-set mu­si­cal fan­tasy go down in the most de­light­ful way. Based on the books by PL Travers, this be­lated se­quel to the 1964 clas­sic pre­scribes two hours of sen­ti­ment-soaked es­capism.

It has been a year since Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) lost his wife Kate, and with it the light in his heart to guide their chil­dren Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Ge­orgie (Joel Daw­son). His rab­ble-rous­ing sis­ter Jane (Emily Mor­timer) helps to care for the brood but the grief-stricken fa­ther is three months in ar­rears on a bank loan se­cured against 17 Cherry Tree Lane.

Un­less Michael can re­pay his dues in full by the end of the week, the house will be seized.

Thank­fully, a high-fly­ing kite snags mag­i­cal nanny Mary Pop­pins (Emily Blunt, pic­tured), who rekin­dles sparks of joy in her for­mer wards, aided by Cock­ney lamp­lighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Mi­randa) and Topsy (Meryl Streep), her ec­cen­tric “sec­ond cousin... many times re­moved”.

Be­fore you can say su­per­cal­ifrag­ilis­tic­ex­pi­ali­do­cious, Mar­shall has us grin­ning from ear to ear as we ac­com­pany the Banks clan on their fan­tas­ti­cal odyssey. Missed it at the cin­ema or on TV? We round up the best stream­ing and DVD re­leases of the week

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