I won’t lie, Mary Poppins was never one of my favourite Disney movies, but I have a strong affinity for Julie Andrews, so I’ve definitely seen it a bunch of times. When I heard they were remaking it, I was excited for my mother more than anyone else, because we used to watch it a lot together. I heard that Emily Blunt was in it and I thought it was apt… I heard Lin Manuel Miranda was in it, and I got very excited… And then I heard that Julie Andrews wouldn’t even be making a cameo and I was very upset. Safe to say, it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.
What is Mary Poppins Returns?
If you haven’t heard of Mary Poppins… Firstly, how?! Secondly, it’s an old movie starring Emily Blunt and Dick Van Dyke, in which a magical nanny moves in and helps a family through their tough times. In the current spirit of reviving anything and everything, Disney decided that it would be fun to reboot the Mary Poppins franchise once again. Cue grown up Michael and Jane (the kids from the first movie) navigating their own struggling family, and a magical nanny in the form of Emily Blunt who is ready to step in.
I won’t lie, the trailer didn’t exactly sell me on the movie. In fact, if anything, it put me off a little bit. However, everybody said that the movie was good, so I ended up going in with complete blank expectations. Turns out, I absolutely love the movie. It’s wholesome family fun at its best, and I left the cinema with a big old smile on my face. Enjoy some thoughts that ran through my head:
1) July Walters is in this?!
I knew about Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth. However, no one told me that July Walters was in it! The second her name showed up in the opening credits my heart filled with joy. I love her in everything she does, and she did a great job as their maid.
2) Lin Manuel Miranda’s accent isn’t too bad…
Honestly, the small snippet that I heard in the trailer made me fear for Lin Manuel Miranda’s cockney accent. But, I was willing to let it go because he’s a musical genius (Feel free to read about my love for him here). Turns out, it was actually not that bad! Some may even say it was good…
3) WHERE IS DICK VAN DYKE.
I was promised a cameo. I know it will probably come later, but I am impatient and I want him NOW.
4) That little girl is so mature
Like I know that she’s supposed to be, but wow she’s a good actress. She’s basically an adult in a child’s body, what a sweetie! She definitely did the role justice. Also, all three of those children are so adorable.
5) So when does Mary Poppins actually get here…
Here I go again with the impatience.
6) WHY does Colin Firth have to be evil?
I only just started liking him again! He was incredibly badass in Kingsman and unbelievably loveable in Mamma Mia… Now he wants to be a villain in Mary Poppins Returns? PICK A SIDE COLIN. HOW DO YOU WANT ME TO FEEL.
7) They really managed to keep the essence of the first film
That china bowl scene, with everything being 2D apart from them was so reminiscent of the first film and I absolutely loved it. They did such a good job of being their own film but also retaining the magic of the original. 10/10 would recommend if you loved the first one.
8) SERIOUSLY. WHERE IS DICK VAN DYKE?
It has been over ONE WHOLE HOUR and he’s still not here yet. My patience is wearing thin.
9) Finally a chimney-sweep (But not chimney sweep) number
The one thing I was missing was a good old Dick Van Dyke chimney sweep number, and then there it was. There were bicycles, somersaults, a light show, Lin Manuel Miranda and a dedication to cockney rhyming slang – what more could I want? The luminaries did a fantastic job and the number was everything that I wanted it to be.
10) I swear I know the actor that plays Jane from somewhere…
I looked her up on IMDB when I left the cinema. Turns out I didn’t.
11) Emily Blunt is doing an amazing job
It takes a lot of courage to step into such an iconic role. Especially one that was previously held by Julie Andrews, a national treasure. She had big shoes to fill and she filled them so well. She – much like the movie – didn’t try to replicate the previous work, but made it her own while retaining the original essence. She really emulated Mary Poppins.
12) THERE’S DICK VAN DYKE!
I’d complain that it took him long enough, but I won’t because I’m too excited! Not only did he swoop in and save the day, but he even had a little bit of a dance. I can’t even begin to describe how much I grinned through this whole section.
And there you have it – my thoughts during Mary Poppins Returns! Have you seen it? Let me know if you relate in the comments!
Lots of love,