It's a Jolly Holiday at the State!
Mary Poppins Returns stars: Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light and life to the streets of London; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; and Julie Walters as the Banks housekeeper Ellen; with Colin Firth as Fidelity Fiduciary Banks William Weatherall Wilkins; and Meryl Streep as Mary's eccentric cousin, Topsy. The film also introduces three new Banks children played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson. Angela Lansbury appears as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from the PL Travers books and Dick Van Dyke is Mr. Dawes Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firths character.
The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers' additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
"'Mary Poppins Returns,' made with palpable love for its predecessor, is glorious and gorgeous, and I adored it." - Seattle Times
"A sweet, evocative throwback that delivers all the feels – in the most delightful way." - Total Film
"For the most part, Rob Marshall’s film hews painstakingly close to the original in style and structure. But it comes to life thanks to its own consummate artistry and rafter-rattling gusto – watching it feels like reliving a classic, rather than merely retreading it." - The Telegraph
"This is a big-hearted song and dance spectacle for the entire family in which everyone laughs at the same jokes." - Screen International
"It’s sweet news indeed that 'Mary Poppins Returns,' a sequel 54 years in coming, provides just that spoonful of happiness in the form of Emily Blunt, practically perfect in every way as the heir to Julie Andrews." - The Associated Press
"This is a wall-to-wall smile of a movie: big of heart and large in scale, lavishly staged, beautifully photographed and brimming with show-stopping musical numbers." - Chicago Sun-Times
"Emily Blunt is hypnotically charming in the year's sweetest surprise—a big-hearted contact high." - Time Out
"'Mary Poppins Returns' has boundless creativity, stacks of charm and not a cynical second. If it’s not quite practically perfect, it comes close enough." - Empire
"It’s a rapturous piece of nostalgia — a film that devotes itself, in every madly obsessive frame, to making you feel happy in the guileless way a movie still could back in 1964." - Variety