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Another Stroll Down Memory Lane Has Led Me to ‘Mary Poppins’

Mary Poppins is another one of those Disney movies from my childhood that I knew (and loved) simply because I knew several of the songs from the film. However, I never actually watched Mary Poppins. In fact, my first introduction to Mary Poppins in a cinematic way was through Mary Poppins Returns which I found to be very boring. Pretty, but boring,

So, after having come away from Mary Poppins Returns with searing disappointment, I was determined to watch the original film one day. The film that garnered 13! nominations in 1964 and won five of them, including Julie Andrews’ Oscar win for bringing the lovable Mary Poppins to life.

As I watched the film yesterday morning I couldn’t keep a smile off of my face. It was nothing short of delightful. Continue reading Another Stroll Down Memory Lane Has Led Me to ‘Mary Poppins’

My Review of ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Mary Poppins Returns was the musical delight of last Christmas, bringing back to life an iconic Disney character in Mary Poppins. As someone who’s never seen the original Mary Poppins movie but knows two of its songs–“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar”–I knew the importance of this character being brought back to the big screen and I was definitely intrigued.

Seeing Emily Blunt in the starring role was a surprise but I’m glad to say she did a great job bringing the sassy magical nanny to life. Unfortunately, Mary Poppins Returns isn’t one of Disney’s greatest live-action movies. In fact, it was kind of dreadful, in a tolerable way.


As someone who has acquired a legitimate fondness for musicals after seeing An American in ParisMary Poppins Returns pales in comparison. The choreography was often corny and not that great. The songs were plain and couldn’t even make me tap my foot or crack a smile on my face. Of course, the Oscar-nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” is expectedly beautiful and touching enough to make one maybe want to cry but it alone cannot save this film.

And Dick van Dyke’s inclusion in the movie, while it was nice to see him, felt awfully forced. It wasn’t like seeing Darth Maul in Solo: A Star Wars Story. It felt like the writers were trying to find a way to incorporate him into the movie and decided upon putting him in the story at the most convenient time which resulted in a rather corny moment, in my opinion.

Of course, this review is from an adult speaking. I know for a fact, as a child, I would’ve loved this movie. Filled with imagination and fun characters in Mary Poppins and her handy sidekick, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Jack, this movie will be a delight for little children.

I’m giving this 85 out of 100 and 3.5/5 stars. While it wasn’t anywhere near the best Disney movie I had ever seen it was decent enough to watch all the way through.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a splendid day.