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Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Admittedly I am not really a fan of the original 1964 motion picture. I do love the music and of course Julie Andrews in it, but it has never been one of my favourites. 

With all of the 're-imaginings', remakes or in this case sequels of classic Disney films emerging, as I have said before at times I feel like Disney has run out of ideas. However saying that, I am excited to see what they have done with Aladdin and Dumbo. 

Anyhow on to this film! From the trailer I was both intrigued and excited. Featuring an abundance of incredible actors and spectacular visuals, I knew I wanted to see it as soon as it was released. And in my opinion, it did not disappoint.

I know it has received mixed reviews, and I think all sequels or remakes of classic films will, but I think in this case, it was a success. Directed by Rob Marshall and starring the likes of the brilliant Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and a (somehow) tap dancing Dick Van Dyke, it has showcased the magic of Disney and how you don't have to be a child in order to be enthralled into the enchanting world that is on the screen.

In this tale, Mary Poppins is back to take care of the Banks children when their house is being put up for repossession. Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer are fantastic as Michael and Jane Banks, struggling through the stresses of adult life, whilst looking after Michael's children. Karen Dotrice who played Jane Banks in the original also made a brief appearance, which I thought was a nice touch.

Each scene of this film is full of enchantment and magic that had me smiling throughout. I do think that some of the musical numbers are a little long and if you are not a fan of musicals, you will not enjoy them as much. But the choreography and sheer performance of them is something that should definitely be commended. 

I also loved the mix of live action and the traditional style of animation in the bowl scene and how they encapsulated the under the sea part in the bath. 

[The costumes designed by Sandy Powell were also incredibly beautiful].

Overall I would 100% recommend this to any Disney fan. As a self-confessed lover of all things Disney, I believe that this (although is not practically perfect in every way) is definitely worth a watch. The acting is brilliant, visuals out of this world and songs (although arguably not as catchy as the original) are spectacularly performed and written. 

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— AW