Just over 54 years ago, Mary Poppins premiered in theaters nationwide. Powered by the incredible talents of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, as well as its memorable musical score, Mary Poppins went on to become an instant classic. Now, its upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt as the title character and Lin Manuel Miranda, is less than two weeks away from its premiere and the hype surrounding the film is building.
Early reactions by critics have started to hit the internet and for the most part, reviews are mostly positive. Below are just a few of the reviews tweeted by film critics.
“Mary Poppins Returns is a exquisitely made film with delightful music, excellent performances (especially by Emily Blunt) & contagious optimism. And yet…it felt SO similar to the original. New songs, better technology, same story & themes. I definitely recommend it though.” – Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier), Gizmodo & io9
“I know I’m probably going to be in the minority but I didn’t love #MaryPoppinsReturns. It’s crowdpleasing but paint by numbers. Great production design, good music, Rob Marshall’s Stagey musical performances. Has moments of greatness but mostly not for me.” – Peter Sciretta (@SlashFilm), SlashFilm.
“The Oscar race just got a BIG shake-up, because #MaryPoppinsReturns is sheer joy. Some of the most effortlessly charming (and catchy!) songs, performances, and BMX stunts I’ve seen on film in ages. A sequel this late shouldn’t be this good and yet…it absolutely is. It’s magic.” – Ben Mekler (@benmekler), BenMekler.com.
“Mary Poppins Returns is a spoonful of sugar. Vibrant, warm, elegant. MVPs: Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw, Sandy Powell, Angela Lansbury’s balloons.” – Matt Jacobs @tarantallegra), Huffington Post.
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Mary Poppins Returns hits theaters December 19th.