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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.

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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.

Oscar Week Countdown: Who’s Going To Win? (Day 3)

It’s not going to be long before we get to see who takes home the awards this Sunday night and I’m having such a fun time predicting the winners of the various categories. Today I’m looking at the potential victors for the categories featuring Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Song. Enjoy!

Best Original Screenplay:

The Favourite

The Favourite is a fascinating original tale of the turbulent backstories of the British royals. While I haven’t seen the film it definitely stands out as an instant film of intrigue. Here’s the synopsis.

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

It definitely sounds rather interesting.

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Oscar Week Countdown: Who’s Going To Win? (Day 2)

It’s time to predict the winners of two more categories for the Oscars. Today I’m looking to see who the award will go to for these two categories: Adapted Screenplay and Costume Design. Enjoy!

Adapted Screenplay

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Tim Blake Nelson in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a Country Western and it’s always exciting to see Country Westerns nominated for the Oscars. Here’s the film’s synopsis.

Six tales of life and violence in the Old West, following a singing gunslinger, a bank robber, a traveling impresario, an elderly prospector, a wagon train, and a perverse pair of bounty hunters.

While I haven’t seen this movie I’m sure it’s a well-written story.

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My Ranking of the September Movie Trailers: from Worst to Best

This month has been jam-packed with trailers for upcoming movies that are set to come out later this year and early next year. So, since there have been so many movie trailers I’m here to rank them for you. Enjoy!

6. Creed

Creed is clearly going to be a good movie, there’s no doubt about that, but I judge a film by how many chills its trailer gives me and this trailer didn’t me give me the goosebumps I would’ve liked.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Has An Official Trailer

I have never watched Mary Poppins. The only thing I know about Mary Poppins is the “Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious” song and the other song that says, “Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.” Besides that Mary Poppins is just as much of a mystery to me as Dumbo. So today the official trailer for the Mary Poppins sequel came out and I, of course, watched the trailer. Here it is.

After seeing this trailer I want to watch this movie now. First of all, I love Disney movies. In fact, the first film I ever watched in IMAX was Alice in Wonderland.

There’s something so distinctly magical about these live-action Disney films that are awash in vibrant color and stunning characters, creatures, and fantasy worlds and this movie is no exception.

At first this trailer had me a bit bored and uninterested but then as the trailer got better my awe grew more and more and by the end I was covered in goosebumps, I had a smile on my face, and I was completely wowed by what I had just experienced just from the trailer! It was as if I had gone on a magical ride with Mary Poppins herself in this tantalizing teaser.

And I can already say this. Emily Blunt is a GREAT Mary Poppins. 🙂

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