Forty four years after the first movie, Mary Poppins is set to return. She is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
If you watched Saving Mr. Banks, then you know that P.L. Travers did not like what Disney did with her story. But here they are again, trying to capture lightning in a bottle. And it will probably work. They are taking no chances, and it shows with their casting decisions. Along with Blunt and Miranda, we have Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Dick Van Dyke.
Disney knows the formula for success and very rarely strays from it. Expect this movie to be a send up to the original, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Let’s hope it can capture the charm that the first one has carried for almost 50 years.