Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall, with the screenplay written by David Magee and a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca.
Based on the book series of the same name by P. L. Travers,the film is a sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, and stars Emily Blunt as the eponymous character with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles.
Set in 1930s London, twenty-five years after the events of the original film, it sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy.
This is a great sequel, Emily Blunt is just right for the character as she can act, sing and dance. Ben Whishaw is the most sympathetic character and the reference to marmalade must have been as a reference to his earlier role as Paddington Bear.
Colin Firth has fun playing a very mean banker. The film is fun, with good, but not memorable songs. The graphics and animated sequences are well done.
There is a very uplifting ending, but strangely doesn’t have much emotional impact or character development.
Review Part 2:
After seeing a review, it’s interesting to see the film from a political perspective. In the film, Mary comes back to help a bumbling upper-class man to find money he thought lost to retain his status in the top 1 percent of society. And his sister, while engaged in labour advocacy is soon sidelined for the main story. Then, near the end Mary engages lots of working class men to undertake a dangerous quest, but it turns out that she can just fly in a fix the problem.