Mary Poppins Returns officially releases to the public today and whilst I am not sure when I will see the movie, it’s definitely on my list for a family trip to the theater during the Christmas Holidays. The original was important to me during my childhood and as such its always held a bit of a place in my heart, despite me generally not liking musicals.
LRM had the chance to attend a recent press conference for Mary Poppins Returns and from what director Rob Marshall said, it sounds like this is a movie that resonated with him on a deeply personal level. Here is what he said at the press conference.
“Because I think that philosophy that I was just describing is honestly how I feel deeply. I think you have to approach; it’s a life choice I guess. You have to get up and approach your life in a certain way and to look at it from the angle from a different point of view which is in our film too – from the point of view of looking for the light. It’s in the P.L. Travers’ books. It’s about finding that childlike joy in life which might sound trivial to some, but to me it’s very profound. And I honestly was able to explore that idea in making this film. It was incredibly hard work, probably the hardest work I’ve ever had to do on a film, but at the same exact time incredibly joyous for that very reason.”
I totally get where Marshall is coming from with Mary Poppins being about finding that childhood joy that we as adults sometimes forget, the magic and wonder of a child is something we should never forget and it’s a choice we make personally. I have friends who can’t enjoy some of the movies I like, because to their mind they are ‘for kids’ and my response to that would always be ‘so what?’
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Many of my all-time favorite films are those which seemed magical to me as a child when I could watch the same movie repeatedly all day, those movies mean a lot to you growing up and shouldn’t be dismissed as childish in any way once you hit adulthood. But of course, each to their own, personally I think I am more excited to see Mary Poppins Returns than my kids are.
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SOURCE: Mary Poppins Returns Press Conference