Mary Poppins Returns
Release year: 2018
Director: Rob marshall
Screenwriter: David Magee, Rob Marshall, John DeLuca, P.L. Travers (based on the stories by)
Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Wishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson
Ratings: 3 Oscar nominations: Best Original Score, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design. 4 Golden Globe nominations: Best Actress Comedy/Musical (Emily Blunt), Best Musical/Comedy, Best Actor Comedy/Musical (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Best Original Score.
Decades after her first visit Mary Popping (Blunt) returns to the now grown Banks children to assist in a difficult time of their life.
Oh no, one could think upon hearing the beloved Mary Poppins (1964) would get a sequel a record-breaking 54 years after the first tale of the magical nanny. But as it is, the sequel somehow manages to spot-on capture the magic of the first movie and create a movie which leaves you with the exact same touched and uplifted emotional statement it did. There are several reasons for this, the most obvious being Blunt (The Young Victoria, 2009. Her Mary Poppins is elegant, sophisticated, self-assured, charming, caring, well she is just about everything she should be and unbelievable enough, after five minutes you find yourself not missing Julie Andrews who played the part in the 1964 movie, not even comparing the two. You just accept her as Mary Poppins. Another reason is the astonishing set and costumes. It doesn’t just look like London in the 1930s, it looks like a magical version of London in the 1930s. The cherry tree blossoms, the streetlamps glow and people are dressed in colourful outfits. A visual high point is, the animated scenes aside, the lamplighters dance where you find yourself so awed by the visual delight it is hard to even concentrate on the song. Ah, yes, the songs. Another main reason this hits the same emotions as the one starring Julie Andrews with her clear soprano is the incredible score with songs clearly resembling the style and fashion of the old songs. Highlighted by the Oscar nominated ‘The Place Where the Lost Things Go’ the songs delight, cheer and break your heart, just as they should. Fans of the first movie will experience some recognition in the story which leans heavily on the previous but as it is done so terrifically, chances are they wont mind at all but delight in the nostalgic reunion party that this magically wonderful movie is. A superb movie that will leave you deliriously happy in spit-spot fashion.
It was director Rob Marshall‘s intention, right from the beginning, to use hand-drawn animation for the film’s animation sequences. This was due to his love for hand-drawn animation and also to pay homage to the first film. The Disney executives, on the other hand, initially wanted the film to have computer animation for its animated sequences, which infuriated Marshall. He then fought hard to convince the Disney executives to let him use hand-drawn animation, and he also argued why it would be the right choice to use for the film. Ultimately, the Disney executives gave in and allowed Marshall to use hand-drawn animation for the film.
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