Most are dreadful, which is shame because the singing is quite good from all the actors. Far be it from Disney to muck with a tried-and-true formula.
Set in s London, this film introduces three new Banks children and their dad Michael Ben Whishaw and aunt Jane Emily Mortimerthe original characters who are now grown and dealing with their own real world problems on Cherry Tree Lane.
The story and tone is dated and old-fashioned, which may be welcomed by some but shunned by most. The original framework of the beloved book series by P. Travers is there, but with bits and pieces of attempted modern sensibilities added in. Emily Blunt is the brightest star, her bewitching take on the Dick and nancy nicolosi nanny is spot-on. Blunt feels like she was born to play the role. The remainder of the cast ranges from good Mortimer and Streep to annoying Dick and nancy nicolosi to something akin to fingernails scratching against a chalkboard.
The kids are adorable with a wide-eyed creepiness that seems as if they were manufactured to order at the Disney child actor factory. The film has an agonizing two hour plus runtime that causes it to become a joyless endurance test as it goes on and on for what feels like eight days straight. You will absolutely feel every single second that ticks away in the theater.
But for the rest of us who watch a movie because we choose to be entertained, well we should be the real voices people listen to. I took my three children to see this movie, ages 13, 11, and 9, and we all four loved it!!
Not having watched any previews I assumed it was a remake of the original, only using current actors and using better graphics, etc. I was pleasantly surprised by the story line. It was a Dick and nancy nicolosi of the original. Mary Poppins returns to help the children of the adult male character whom, as a young boy Mary Poppins took care of in the original, Michael Banks. The people in the theater clapped when it was over.
So happy we saw it in the theater versus waiting to watch it at home because some of the scenes were so full of color and action that to see them on a large movie screen made it that much more enjoyable.
Like Liked by 1 person. You seem ignorant about a critics job. This author is correct.
The film is just ok with bad songs. I clapped when it was over as well.
Because it was finally over. My family thought it was unfathomably boring to the point of being painful. This critic is dead on in her assessment about the seconds ticking down. Thank you for the kind comments, Chris.
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I felt similarly to her about the original Mary Poppins so I get it. I agree that Blunt was great. She was far and away the best thing about the movie.
Thanks for the comment! And your view is marred by a faded remembrance of the originals masterpiece status. The new one undeniably pales.
Your review is absolutely correct and I could not have written a better review of this heartless mess of a movie. Good job on the review! You came into it with wrong expectations, and entirely missed the wonder of it. And now, as a critic, you feel the need to tear it down for everyone else. Reading this review was a joyless and tedious Dick and nancy nicolosi. I just saw the movie with two women and they were enthralled by it as I was too. Thank God Dick and nancy nicolosi creative people and thank goodness small-minded people are easily forgotten.
Nothing ;about this movie missed the mark. The songs will never live in your head but I Dick and nancy nicolosi them all the same. Much like the original, I actually cared for the characters and was absolutely convinced that Blunt was the best choice for this role and hopefully this will launch her career beyond B-rated movies and stand-ins for lesser actors and actresses.
Lin-Manuel Miranda was absolutely marvelous and he is a major talent that will finally be recognized. I do agree that Blunt was fabulous in the titular role. The original is a masterpiece. This new one fails except as a minor diversion with bad songs. Not one good song!!!
Not one memorable song…started looking at my watch 30 minutes in. But my wife loved it…go figure. I thought it was fantastic. True Disney magic with great songs and imaginative sequences.
I loved the heart of the movie and the message of hope. The film is flashy in all the right ways, its dreamy and dazzling costumes punctuated with spirited and elaborate staging and set pieces. Thanks so much for commenting.
It was a chore to sit through it.
Too bad Lin Manuel Miranda did not write the lyrics. I was disappointed in the music. So many rude people posting here. Please allow a different perspective…. I went to MPR looking forward to a family outing….
I enjoyed it so much I went back 2 days later and took my 80 yo mom. Was it practically Perfect? Thanks so much for your comment!
If the original were to be released today, you would have many of the same criticisms. George Banks was intolerable. And its plot was thin and haphazard in many of the same ways. The original is a classic for three reasons: As a film, I think the new one is actually a bit more human, more joyful. Easily 4 stars if not higher. Thanks for the comment, Clay! To be fair, I also am not a fan of the original movie either.
I tried to enjoy this one and it was tedious for me. Personally, I liked the movie.
Was it a necessary sequel, but it was released and I thought it was pretty good. A bit redundant to the first one, but still well-made and well-acted, especially Blunt.
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Notify me of new posts via email. Great movie to take your kids or grandkids to see!! Your bar is low!