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|Originaltitel:||Mary Poppins Returns|
|Genre:||Fantasy, Comedy, Children's Movie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 130 Min|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
London in the 1930s: It has been a long time since the magical nanny Mary Poppins flew into the life of the Banks family. Now Michael (Ben Whishaw) and his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer) have grown up themselves and Michael lives with his three children in his parents' house. But that threatens to be taken away from him now, because he cannot repay the loan he took out from the bank he works for. For Michael, who recently lost his wife, a world collapses. But at the moment when the last spark of hope seems to have gone out, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) reappears…
It took 54 years for "Mary Poppins` Return" to be a sequel to the immortal Disney classic. Rob Marshall ("Chicago", "Into the Woods") has taken on the difficult task of staging a film that does justice to the classics appreciated by generations of fans and in the process can take on new, individual sides for the magical nanny figure conceived by P. L. Travers. It's almost a miracle that can be said: Rob Marshall mastered this challenge with bravura.
The Return of Mary Poppins is a wonderful film full of magic, great songs, funny ideas and a lot of heart. Surely, strictly speaking, the story is just a variation of the story of the first movie. But the script by David Magee ("Life of Pi - Shipwreck with Tiger") breathes enough life into the whole thing, so that the movie isn't just a pure nostalgia revue. The fact that the sequel after all these years also stylistically adheres closely to the original - including a classic animated sequence - is positive in every respect.
But the movie's greatest strength is a good Emily Blunt to kneel down on. She manages quite wonderfully to play her way out of the oversized shadow of Julie Andrews. The fact that she can sing really well is just the icing on the cake of a performance that, with its many small nuances, at least deserves a nomination for the Oscar. But also the other actors like musical superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, a wonderfully greasy Colin Firth or Ben Whishaw as a grieving widower make sure that "Mary Poppins' Return" has what it takes to become a classic just like the original.
A beautiful film that makes its audience laugh, but also cry, that makes you happy and with a song on your lips releases you into reality. A film that allows its audience to dream and hope for the good in people. Despite small weaknesses in the B-score - Meryl Streep's guest appearance is amusing, but strictly speaking unnecessary and a big musical number in the last act is a bit too much of a good thing with too modern-looking bicycle tricks - a big cinema fairy tale and therefore: Absolutely worth seeing!
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