New story, Same Experience
In this throw-back film, Emily Blunt accomplishes a successful personification of the iconic nanny, Mary Poppins. The film, heavy laden with nostalgia and positive emotion, is overall well done. However, several elements stick out as sore thumbs among the art.
Lin Manuel Miranda plays the role of "Jack", a lamplighter in the spirit the original chimney sweep. Miranda is primarily a composer (the composer of the score the the musical Hamilton) . Good idea, good guy, but not a good enough dancer. The bottom line: he is not really a performer.
In addition, the producers of Mary Poppins Returns create new songs which brilliantly imitate the spirit of each musical number in the original musical. The cantata which attempts to personify "Supercalifragilistic" is titled "The Cover is Not the Book" and displays a saloon-clad Mary substituting proper English for cockney. The array of adult jokes through the number prove a big turn-off. Overall, this number is distracting, out-of-character and risque.
Other elements in this film protrude as falling short of the "practically perfect"movie we as a culture have come to expect. But at the end of the day, Mary Poppins Returns will make us cry, bring a smile to our faces, kindle a sensation flying, and help us to again recall what it is like to be a child.