Families around the world can have a heartwarming holiday treat as “Mary Poppins Returns” is scheduled to premiere in cinemas a week before Christmas Day.
The musical and mysterious nanny comes to add “magic” to children’s celebration of the most joyous occasion of the year.
In the United States, the movie is set to be released on December 19. Prior to its availability in theaters, “Mary Poppins Returns” has passed through the critical lenses of movie reviewers.
Mixed sentiments were shared by film industry pundits, evaluating the reboot of the 1964 original starring acclaimed actress, Dame Julie Andrews.
To make way for further developments, various film gadflies expressed their minds on how “Mary Poppins Returns” fell short as compared to its predecessor.
Laura Prudom, the executive TV editor of entertainment media website, IGN, cited that “Mary Poppins Returns” is an enjoyable movie.
However, she said that the audiences may still prefer the original film. Justin Chang, movie reviewer for the Los Angeles Times, remarked that the remake of the musical fantasy movie is both abnormally active and crippled.
David Ehrlich of IndieWire stated that “Mary Poppins Returns” is a lifeless sequel. It is like a “meandering stroll” relative to today’s exciting family films, he wrote.
The senior movie evaluator also stated that the movie is not nostalgic at all but monotonous and out of touch.
Ehrlich pointed out that Meryl Streep’s portrayal of Topsy, the outlandish cousin of Mary Poppins, is not striking at all as well.
Overall, he said that this superficial new adventure merely leaves the audiences desiring the previous version of the classic movie.
Film and pop culture writer, Nicholas Barber, remarked that Emily Blunt’s portrayal of “Mary Poppins” pales in comparison to the original by Andrews.
Instead, Blunt impersonates “Downtown Abbey” veteran actress Maggie Smith as a proud and aristocratic character fit for the 20th-century drama TV series, he said.
Moreover, the film critic for BBC Culture remarked that “Mary Poppins Returns” is merely not as pleasant as the children’s movie that it is trying quite hard to be.
Blunt does not possess the unbeatable poise, the sparkling tenderness, and the flawless singing voice of Andrews, Barber observed.
“Hamilton” superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda also did not meet the standards of Dick Van Dyke, who played as Bert, the main character’s closest companion.
Barber affirmed that Miranda appeared “half-asleep” as compared to the vivacious and enthusiastic Van Dyke.
Apparently, the cast and the producers of “Mary Poppins Returns” may encounter considerable pressure in delivering the film to today’s demanding audiences.
Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly a cheering and wholesome movie which would bond and keep families warm together this holiday season.