Some films feel as if they are untouchable. Yet in the age of sequels and remakes, there seems to be no end to what can be made into a film. More than fifty years after the original “Mary Poppins” Disney suprised the world when it announced there would be a sequel. The original film, an Oscar-winner in its own right, remains a classic today. Now, we’ve received the first full trailer for the Disney feature, “Mary Poppins Returns.”
There have been considerable questions about what we would get out of a new “Mary Poppins” film. We seem to get a lot of answers, as well as some great nostalgic moments. While CGI will undoubtedly be a part of this film, hand-drawn cartoon characters from the original come onto the screen, with an extended shot of a penguin waiter grabbing attention. Despite all of this, the focus is squarely on Emily Blunt. Her portrayal of the character feels perfect from the opening moments.
Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw play the Banks children after Michael (Whishaw) lost his wife and the mother to his children. Lin-Manuel Miranda will play a new chimney sweep named Jack and seems to be bringing a lot of levity to the film. Even the aesthetic to the picture recalls the stage productions of “Mary Poppins” that have grown so popular in the years since the original film came to life.
We also get our first glimpse at the many strong actors brought on board to round out the cast. Dick Van Dyke is back, showing off some of those dancing moves he became so well known for when the original hit the screens. Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and Julie Walters all come to play as well. From director Rob Marshall, this one looks like a fun and fancy film, just in time for the holidays.