Ben Oliver

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Mary Poppins Returns

Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place.
12 April 2020

The title of the film is also its synopsis.

This time the Banks children are all grown up, with kids of their own. Faced with the prospect of losing their house, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) shows up to save the day.

Frequently entertaining, especially the cartoon-reality scene taking place within the pattern of a porcelain bowl, but there’s something nonetheless a little lacking about this sequel. It is laser focused on capturing the look and feel of the original, without really having the bones of a story to build on.

Colourful, well acted, but ultimately pretty vapid. I can imagine kids falling asleep to this, but in the lockdown perhaps that isn’t so bad.