Review of the film in SAT.1

The perfect nanny has her hands full again in “Mary Poppins’ Returns”. More than 50 years after the original, the sequel is full of magic.

“Mary Poppins Returns”

Family • 18.12.2021
• 8:15 pm

Probably the best-known nanny in cinema history had a break of 54 years, but now work is calling again: Mary Poppins is returning to the Banks family and has to discover that there are still – or already again – the same problems at Kirschbaumweg 17. The happiness has faded from the house, times are tough, the adults are pretty preoccupied with themselves. So there is a lot to do for the perfect nanny, who in the hopelessly nostalgic sequel “Mary Poppins’ Returns” from 2018, which SAT.1 is showing for the first time on free TV shortly before Christmas, once again a much-needed portion of magic brings them to the old house of their former protégés.

Michael (Ben Wishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now adults themselves. In 1930s London, Michael, in particular, was in desperate need of a dose of magic. The global economic crisis and a severe personal stroke of fate have left their mark on his three children, John (Nathanael Saleh), Anabel (Pixie Davies) and Georgie (Joel Dawson). And then the family threatens to lose their beloved house at Kirschbaumweg 17. Life slips away from the banks like the old, poorly repaired kite of his father that Georgie lets go of in the park. But there is Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), who miraculously uses him as a personal landing aid and is preparing to bring the happiness back.

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Staged by musical specialist Rob Marshall, “Mary Poppins’ Returns” continues where the original left off – and works wonderfully even without knowing the old film. Anyone who allows themselves to look at the world through Mary Poppins’ eyes will experience its motley wonders. If you like, you can also see a critical reference to modern times in the plot, when money is more important than humanity and you can quickly get into precarious situations through no fault of your own: Colin Firth as a banker would not attract much attention in Frankfurt or on Wall Street.

Marshall would do well to direct the film with a healthy dose of nostalgia. “Mary Poppins’ return” breathes the spirit of the old Disney fairy tale: with magnificent backdrops, snappy musical interludes, imaginative excursions into magical parallel worlds. One could complain that many scenes are variations of the original and that only details have been added or changed, but it doesn’t have to be. What was good can stay good.

It remains undisputed that Emily Blunt is a worthy successor to Julie Andrews as the title heroine. Even if she lacks the cool distance and she can’t resist a warm smile every now and then. The discovery of the film, however, is the musical tried and tested Lin-Manuel Miranda, who as the mercilessly optimistic lantern lighter Jack takes on the part that Dick van Dyke once played as a chimney sweep: van Dyke is the only actor from the original film who is also in the sequel you can see.

“Return of Mary Poppins” – Sat. 12/18. – SAT.1: 8.15 p.m.


Those: teleschau – the mediendienst GmbH

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