First of all, a very happy 2019 to all of you dearies! After some darker times I've decided to stay for a lill while on DA for now.But 2018 hasnt been a bad year for me at all, it was my graduation year after all. Oke, now that that is covered, I'm not gonna hold back here and talk about:
Boy oh boy I can't wait to talk about this one.
You all know by now how much I love and treasure the original back from 1964. So, I'm not gonna start that again here, I assume you know that it is a very personal and important movie to me.
So let's dive right into the sequel here, a sequel that had us waiting 54 years! I am not familiar with the books of P.L. Travers this is supposed to be based on, so I'm purely talking about the movie as it is. Just so you know.
I'm not gonna go too deep into the story and plot points but there will be mentioned some things so just in case:
I'm gonna start off with saying this: This movie does everything
in it's power to resemble the original. Down from the admosphere to the music.
However it doesn't completely copy the original when it comes to story. This is, after all, a continuation.
25 years later, after the original ended, Michael and Jane are adults and Michael still lives in his parents home at the Cherry Tree Lane 17, with his own kids. His sis Jane every now and then comes around, for Michael's wife sadly passed away.
This is 1930+ and the time of the Great Slump in London, the time where jobs were scarce and Michael works at his father's bank but is running out of money to keep his house.
They have to find a way to keep this house, where such memories lie and has a great emotional value. This is where Mary Poppins comes in, this time by kite.
The movie found a great way to balance two things: stay true to the original yet
being it's own thing. That must have been a hard task to pull off but they managed to do it. It borrows a few scenes from the original and gives it a somewhat new touch to merge it better in this story. The story is not the strongest element of this movie but .... so wasn't the original's. Let's be honest, both are quite simple stories. Yet it works in their favor, for they don't need complicated stories to work. The bank (Fidality Feduciary Bank) is still the main bad guy here (or it's represented as one). The original had a father that needs to get to learn his kids better instead of completely getting consumed by his job. The sequel has a father that wants to keep in touch with his inner child but doesn't know how, for problems constantly follow him. In both cases, Mary Poppins is there to give that extra joy and enlightenment.
This movie opens, cleverly, with credits that are accompagnied by these beautiful paintings that slightly show things to come in this movie.
Immediately I got the feeling this movie is gonna have a great art and creative value, as it's supposed to be. Because the original worked with paintings as well. Most of the backgrounds in the original are painted and gives it an unique creative mood.
Here we have our Bert
, or in this case Jack
, one of Mary Poppins kids she used to babysit that has grown up and still remembers her. Bert is...not around? In other places they say. But let's be honest, Jack and Bert are practically the same character. The only difference is Bert changed jobs constantly. One time he's a musician, the other time an street painter, next he sweeps chimmneys. Jack sticks with his one job as a lantern lighter
, which to be honest, is a very creative yet accurate job for him to have. London used to have a lot of those guys around the streets back then. I mean, somebody had to light all those lights, right?
The music in this movie is surprisingly great. I mean, good luck trying to top the music and songs of the original, or even resemble it in the slightest. But good heavens, it's like they got back the Sherman brothers
to do it, for the music and songs sound exactly like they belong in the same universe as the original! They brought back key instruments, notes, tones, and created a new set of lovely songs that fit right in and even are catchy. People complain about them being bland and forgetable and I'm sitting here like: 'really'??? Yer kidding right?
The songs from the original have been around for 50+ years! These songs you've heard only now! Of course you gotta listen to them a few times before you're gonna remember them properly. That grows overtime. And the new songs are still very strong, simple, effective and serviceble. One song had me teary eyed all the way through just like Feed the birds
did. And another song keeps me moving the entire time, it is impossible
to stay still during this sequence, just like Step in Time
But even though the songs are newly written, the background instrumentals throughout the movie borrow elements from the old songs, which is very clever. They brought back 2D animation!!!!
No Mary Poppins movie without some good ol'fashion 2D animation, right? GOD
how refreshing it is to see this again in theaters.
This whole movie is refreshing in every way.
There are some plot keys I wanna talk about before finishing.
One problem I have with the plot is the climax. In this climax Mary and the lantern lighters have to move the arm of the Big Ban to reverse time by 5 minutes. What happens is they lighters try to clim to the clock which is very hard. All I think is Hey Mary, you can fly right? How'bout YOU go up there and move the arm???
This happens, but wayyyyy later on, when Jack almost felt from the tower. It was a bit weird.
Second problem: Everything gets resolved when Michael finds out the 2 pence from his father was put in the bank and now has increased a great amount of money, enough to pay his debts and for him to keep the house.
Oke, last time I checked Mr. George Banks from the original, never spent those 2 pence into the bank. He spent it to fix Michael's kite
!!!! He even sings about that in Let's go fly a kite
one of the most famous songs of the original.
The first sentence of that song literally says : 'With 2 pence, for paper and strings, you can have your own set of wings
For crying out loud.
But those were a few nitpicks. To close off: Mary Poppins returns is a great new entry that had a long wait but will reintroduce Mary Poppins to newer gens and keeps the character alive for new decades to come, just like the original did.