February 19, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt, Lin Manuel Miranda

Emily Blunt is a treasure. Let's start there. Comedy genius, action star, singing nanny--is there anything this woman can't do? No one can feel confident remaking Julie frickin Andrews, but Emily Blunt is flawless. Her voice even manages to take on a little extra British nanny-ness if you know what I mean. (If you don't, go watch a few scolding episodes of Super Nanny and you will.)

Lin Manuel, on the other hand, is fine. He is also a treasure in his own right, but he doesn't seem to bring the same charm here that Dick Van Dyke did in the original (though his accent is markedly better). Everyone else, from the kids to Ben Whishaw to Emily Mortimer, does a perfectly good job. Everything in this movie is good. Even the songs are good! And yet...

I don't know, maybe I just don't love Mary Poppins. I never did much as a kid, I suppose I shouldn't be shocked this version of it didn't connect to me either. The movie is good, undeniably so. It doesn't have any major flaws or even points of weakness. I just...don't care.

This feel like kind of a bummer of a review, but for once, I'm giving this disclaimer that my indifference shouldn't deter people from watching it. I know that my opinion is probably a bit of an outlier on this one. Who knows, maybe it just caught me on an off day.

Final word: I'm sure other people will like it.

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