Mary Poppins Returns Tries Hard But Fails to Recapture Magic of Original
Mary Poppins Returns does not do anything quite as well as the original, although two bright moments are when the bowl is going to be fixed by a minor character played by Glen Close, and the Banks' home is saved by Dick Van Dyke who is a spry 91. They both sing one song and both do an admirable job.
Emily Blunt does her best and her acting is spot on. However for adults her voice is not Julie Andrews no matter how you cut it, although she is good singer and for kids they probably will be satisfied by it. Lin-Manuel Miranda does a better job as the Chimney Sweep and holds up the standard that Dick Van Dyke set in the original.
The biggest problem with the story is that is that it is handicapped by relying on CGI to keep the kids entertained and not a solid story in itself. The underwater scene in the bathtub is a little forced, and the animated scene on the bowl can be directly correlated to the original film with the characters dancing with the animated characters.
The only theme throughout the movie is the Banks losing their home, and how Mary Poppins returns to keep the kids spirits up and return hope to the family. Everything else is filler which is pretty obvious and does not work most of the time.
If you and your kids like a lot of CGI then great, this film is for you. If you are looking for a meaningful story you are better of looking elsewhere.