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– by Campbell Clark

We all have guilty pleasures, right? Movies we just love, that our peer groups laugh at us for, or genre’s completely outside of what you usually call home. Heck, to be fair we probably all have quite a few skeletons in our guilty pleasure closets. Sometimes a movie just reminds you of a time or a place, and it makes you happy and content. For me, one of those guilty pleasures is Mary Poppins.

I remember watching it A LOT as a child and singing along to all the songs. My school even did a Mary Poppins stage show, but I wasn’t confident enough to play the part of Bert, so I ended up backstage on props and I regret that to this day.

Then when I was married many years later my wife had found out I liked Mary Poppins and bought us tickets to go and see the stage musical in Edinburgh. Strangely, I still far preferred the film, the stage show just didn’t quite have the magic for me.

Checking out the newly released extended sneak peek above, I can’t help but feel happy, like I am coming home. It won’t ever quite be the same without Julie Andrews, I mean how do you solve a problem like Maria (I hope someone gets that joke?)?

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I think the two things that have put the biggest smile on my face from the footage so far are the animated sections, which look very similar and the inclusion of Dick Van Dyke who once again seems to be playing an old man like the dual role he played in the original.

The one thing that worries me so far, is perhaps that none of the tunes have really grabbed my attention, but sometimes you have to hear the songs in the context of the film to really absorb them. I sang both my children Stay Awake and Feed the Birds at bedtime when they were toddlers, and they loved it. My son is totally the wrong age now for the sequel, but I do hope my daughter will enjoy the movie.

I don’t really like musicals or movies designed more for younger audiences these days, but I just can’t help myself with Poppins. Mary Poppins Returns is either going to have me leaving theaters feeling elevated like I haven’t been in years or traumatized at the way they have ruined the original. I just can’t see a middle ground this time and these days I am more and more jaded by these cash in sequels. Let’s hope Disney knock this one out the park.

Are you excited by Mary Poppins Returns, if not, what are your guilty pleasures? Feed the trolls; tuppence a bag, in the usual place below.

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SOURCE: Disney