In less than three weeks, Mary Poppins Returns opens in theaters everywhere, and the early reactions praise the musical for its catchy score, timeless charm and star performance by Emily Blunt, while noting that the film felt like a retread of the 1964 original.
#MaryPoppinsReturns is absolutely delightful, packed with old school charm and it keeps you smiling the entire time. So much color and warmth and wonder - a film about believing in the ones you love and loving to imagine the possibilities. pic.twitter.com/6WmYErvUWD— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) November 30, 2018
MARY POPPINS RETURNS is a delight in the purest & brightest sense possible. The attention to detail to recapture the magic of the first is evident in every decision made by Rob Marshall, the cast & crew. Emily Blunt is absolute perfection & the cameos are heartwarmingly joyous!— Matt Neglia (@NextBestPicture) November 24, 2018
Mary Poppins Returns is a exquisitely made film with delightful music, excellent performances (especially by Emily Blunt) & contagious optimism.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 30, 2018
And yet...it felt SO similar to the original. New songs, better technology, same story & themes. I definitely recommend it though.
Much like the Banks family, I didn't realize how much I needed Mary Poppins back in my life until she arrived. Emily Blunt is magical. @Lin_Manuel is a joy. And wonderful to see Navckid Keyd acting again. #MaryPoppinsReturns pic.twitter.com/mO0RSXW6J7— Stephen (Dirk) Libbey (@childe_dirk) November 30, 2018
#MaryPoppinsReturns is the warm, cozy comfort weight blanket we need right now - prescribed self-care that swaddles us in heartfelt sentiments. It respectfully balances nostalgia & modern tech, creating a joyful, eye-popping & immersive fantasy world. Emily Blunt is perfect. pic.twitter.com/WkRvfBfNeu— Courtney Ho-Ho-Howard (@Lulamaybelle) November 30, 2018
I spontaneously sobbed in MARY POPPINS RETURNS.— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) November 22, 2018
Sigh. I didn't love #MaryPoppinsReturns. I was bored for the most part and, as a HUGE musical theater geek, the music was so-so. It lacked a song that just sticks to your soul. BUT Emily Blunt is fantastic, kids will love it & it will make a ton of money. Review on Cosmo soon!— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) November 30, 2018
"Mary Poppins Returns" has some great moments, but never consistent enough to be overall great. What is great and consistent is Emily Blunt in perhaps her single best performance yet. Oscar love coming her way.— Clayton Davis (@AwardsCircuit) November 30, 2018
Street lamps have never looked so dope.#marypoppinsreturns pic.twitter.com/e6cO1upXWE
I can finally say that I loved #MaryPoppinsReturns! Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way! Also, @Disney needs to make branded tissues for every showing! So lovely! pic.twitter.com/z7LmfJMrde— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) November 30, 2018
So #MaryPoppinsReturns is so much excellence. Emily Blunt will get all the noms, Lin-Manuel win all the hearts, and the music will be in your head and on your playlist for months.— Joel Meares (@joelmeares) November 30, 2018
Taking place 25 years after the original film, Mary Poppins returns to 1935 London to visit the now-adult Banks siblings who need her wisdom more than ever. Joining her this time in the magical sequel is Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, a lamplighter full of whimsical charm of his own.
Featuring a score by Marc Shaiman and and new original songs with music by Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda as the lamplighter Jack, Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks, Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen, and Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson as the Banks children, with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Bank’s William Weatherall Wilkins, Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy, Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady, and and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character. The film opens on December 19.