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Mary Poppins Returns is a wonderful, fun sequel to a classic film. I’ll admit that since the older movie came out way before my time, I was never able to watch the movie in completion. Instead, I’d see the movie in bits and pieces over time, and probably turn away the second a commercial came on. In preparation for this sequel, I took some time to sit down and watch the original in completion, and may I just say, it does still hold up. Oh and let me say this too. There’s not a soul on this earth that could convince me that Mary Poppins isn’t a former member of Hogwarts. In my opinion, I think she’s a witch in the Harry Potterverse according to the popular theory. If you’ve seen ANY Harry Potter or Fantastic Beasts movie, then it’s really hard not to believe that to be the case.
Mary Poppins Returns has some fun surprises and cameos for fans of the original film. There are a number of references and familiar characters that will be sure to please the nostalgic factor. It was nice to see that this film continued to merge live action with animation, which will be a nice treat for younger audience.
One issue with this film is that it follows practically the exact same format as the original. As a result, it kind of makes the movie rather predictable and doesn’t feel all too original. As a matter of fact, the main challenge that family faces in the movie is really predictable if you pay attention to an obvious detail. Mary Poppins Returns isn’t some murder mystery or anything that really demands surprising twists or turns. However, the similar format almost gives the impression that this film can’t make up its mind on whether it should be a true sequel or just a more modern remake. Nevertheless, I think it was a missed opportunity to introduce something slightly fresher to both new and older audiences.