Back Up the Chimney

The magical nanny returns to the big screen!


Nearly 54 years ago, the nation oo-ed and awe-ed as they witnessed the on-screen magic known brought by the catchy songs sung by the famous Mary Poppins. From flying out of the sky by umbrella to pulling abnormally large items out of a mysteriously small bag, the supernatural powers we admired have come back to the big screen. “Mary Poppins Returns” came to theaters on December 19, 2018, exciting many of its original fans to see if the magic remains the same.

One of the most popular aspects of the original film was the musicality.

Disney movies are known and divided among not only storyline, but the songs that shape the tone and climaxes throughout the films.

When news came out that the orignal songs would not be featured in the movie, avid Disney music listeners found themselves disappointed. With no “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” to “A Spoonful of Sugar,” many expected to dislike the film for its missing aspect. However, most people can agree that although the lyrics were different, the tonality and sounds were exactly the same, even after all these years.

The producers kept the same balance between animation and live action in both of the films. The only difference, of course, is the actors, and the generation.

In the 1964 version, Julie Andrews plays the role of a magical nanny to the Banks children, making the family live in constant enchantment of what Mary Poppins is capable of. In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Emily Blunt plays Mary Poppins and played the role perfectly.

This time around, the Banks children from the original film are all grown up and now raising their own children. After their mother’s death and now financial issues that have arised, Mary Poppins soars down from the sky on a kite, comes to help.

From bathing in an ocean of a bathtub and living inside of a china bowl, she helps the kids discover how to solve their problems and bringing joy into their lives at a difficult time. When the Banks family has used the help of Mary Poppins to win back their family home, she decides it’s time to go back up to her home in the sky, waiting for the next Banks generation to come along.

Personally speaking, I set low standards for the movie based off of what I heard, but for two hours, I felt like I was in the motion picture from beginning to end. The musicality and spirits were off the charts, and the actors resembled who was being played 54 years ago. I highly recommend “Mary Poppins Returns” to those who want to experience the magic that Disney remains to make us feel from 1964 to 2018.