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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