I saw Mary Poppins Returns this afternoon with my daughter. She loved it with all the singing and dancing and colors. I thought it was somewhere around good. Emily Blunt was good in the role. Dick Van Dyke is an absolute marvel. It certainly entertained us for a couple of hours which is really all you can ask out of a movie.
The whole time I was watching it, though, I just kept thinking about how hard it must have been to make the movie. It’s a sequel to Mary Poppins. Mary Poppins is a perfect movie. How do you make a sequel to a perfect movie? I guess Mary Poppins Returns is the answer. You make a movie that respects the original with a talented cast. You try to capture the look and feel of the original. You do your best, and just accept the fact that it can never measure up to the original.
This is just a round about way of saying I feel a little bad for Mary Poppins Returns. There is no way for it to avoid comparisons with Mary Poppins. And nothing can look good in comparison to Mary Poppins. I hope people can recognize the movie’s high degree of difficulty and enjoy it. It really is worth seeing.