'Mary Poppins Returns' is undoubtedly a good time in the cinemas
Marshall’s Mary Poppins, played by Emily Blunt makes her grand appearance aboard a kite being chased by the Banks children after a sudden surge of wind. The P.L. Travers-penned character remains to be a well-dressed deus ex machina, as she shows up like she did in the previous film at the right place and the right time. (READ:Emily Blunt puts spoonful of British class into Mary Poppins)
This time, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw), now decades older and disastrously deflated by the Britain’s great slump, is desperately debt-ridden and is about to lose his family home to conniving banker William Wilkins (Colin Firth) and his gang of lawyers. Assisted by her sister Jane (Emily Mortimer), now a labor rights activist, Michael tries his best to juggle being a single parent to his restless children while slaving away as an employee to the same bank that is trying to take away his house.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that the miraculous maiden from the skies isn’t just in town to teach Michael Banks’ children to enjoy a bath but also to save his family from possible homelessness with her positive vibes and giddy magic.
With Marshall’s sequel veering very closely to Stevenson’s original, it is almost as if it invites its audience to compare.