I watched Mary Poppins Returns yesterday and loved it, spent half the movie in tears. Although I love the original, I think Emily blunt is a better Poppins than Julie Andrews; she’s a chillier, deeper, more accurate portrayal of the magical, precise and deservedly vain Miss Poppins. Lin-Manuel Miranda was great as Jack, former apprentice to Bert from the original story, an ordinary bloke with one foot in the magical world.
I won’t simply list the actors though, they were all very watchable, it was the representation of magic, and of children’s imaginations (of which Mary Poppins is either a figment or a spur) that was so lovely. And the sense of an English family meeting tragedy and carrying on regardless was timeless – it reminded me in tone of The Gibbons family in This Happy Breed.
Which of course makes me think of Celia Johnson.