Starring: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Dick Van Dyke
OUR RATING: ★★½
Disney’s musical fantasy sequel directed by Rob Marshall. Set in 1930s depression-era London, Mary Poppins Returns follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw). Michael, his three children Annabel, John, and George (Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and Joel Dawson), and the housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters) are now living in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Meryl Streep), she helps family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.
Our Favorite Quotes:'When the world turns upside down, the best thing is to turn right along with it.' - Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins Returns) Click To Tweet 'When you change the view from where you stood, the things you view will change for good.' - Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins Returns) Click To Tweet
Jack: [singing] There’s a different point of view awaiting you, if you would just look up.
Michael Banks: I honestly can’t remember why we kept most of this stuff to begin with. I mean, why on earth did we save this old broken thing?
Jane Banks: Don’t you remember that kite? We used to love flying that with mother and father.
Michael Banks: [puts the kite in a box] Well, it won’t fly anymore. Out it goes. No looking back.
Jack: [sees Mary Poppins fly down with the kite] As I live and breathe.
Mary Poppins: [after she lands with the kite] You need to be more careful when the wind rises, Georgie. You nearly lost your kite.
Mary Poppins: [to John and Annabel] And you two nearly lost your Georgie. He might have got away completely had I not been holding on to the other end of that string.
Mary Poppins: My goodness, Annabel, what have you done to your clothes? You could grow a garden in that much soil. And, John, yes, just as filthy.
Jack: May I say, you look lovely, as always.
Mary Poppins: Do you really think so? Nice to see you, Jack.
Jack: Good to see you too, Mary Poppins.
Georgie Banks: I was flying a kite and it got caught on a nanny!
Jane Banks: Whatever are you talking about?
Georgie Banks: Come! Come, look!
Michael Banks: [referring to kite he’d thrown out] Wait, where did you get that kite?
Georgie Banks: I found it in the park. She kept it from blowing away.
[Mary Poppins enters through the front door]
Michael Banks: Mary…
Jane Banks: Poppins.
Mary Poppins: Close your mouth please, Michael. We are still not a codfish. Jane Banks, still rather inclined to giggle, I see.
Michael Banks: Good heavens, it really is you. You seem hardly to have aged at all.
Mary Poppins: Really! How incredibly rude. One never discusses a woman’s age, Michael. I would have hoped I taught you better.
Michael Banks: I’m sorry, I didn’t mean…
Jane Banks: You came back. I thought we’d never see you again.
Michael Banks: It is wonderful to see you.
Mary Poppins: [looking at herself in the mirror] Yes, it is, isn’t it?
[her mirror image continues to look at herself as she turns and walks off]
Jane Banks: What brings you here after all this time?
Mary Poppins: Same thing that brought me the first time. I’ve come to look after the Banks children.
Annabel Banks: Us?
Mary Poppins: Oh, yes, you too.
Annabel Banks: But we don’t need a nanny. Mother taught us to look after ourselves.
Mary Poppins: You did just misplace Georgie, I might point out.
John Banks: Only slightly. We got him back.
Annabel Banks: We can do anything a nanny can.
Georgie Banks: Mary Poppins flew here on a kite. You can’t do that, can you?
Jane Banks: Give Mary Poppins a chance. You need help just as much as she does.
Michael Banks: Oh, very well. She can stay for the time being, I suppose. After all, she did fly all this way on a kite.
Jane Banks: Those things, when we were young, they didn’t really…
Michael Banks: Happen?
Jane Banks: No.
Michael Banks: No.
Jane Banks: Of course not.
Michael Banks: Ridiculous.
[behind them we see that Mary Poppins is sliding up the bannister]
Georgie Banks: [as Mary Poppins uses her magic to bring her umbrellas and carpetbag to her] How did you do that?
Mary Poppins: Do what?
Mary Poppins: “Nothing”. Such a useful word, isn’t it? It can mean anything and everything.
Annabel Banks: It’s just that…
Mary Poppins: You don’t require the services of a nanny.
John Banks: Well, we have grown up a good deal in the past year, after all.
Mary Poppins: Yes. Well, we’ll have to see what can be done about that.
Mary Poppins: [sinking herself into a bubble bath] Off we go.
Mary Poppins: [singing] So, perhaps we’ve learnt when day is done, some stuff and nonsense could be fun!
Mary Poppins, Banks Children: [singing] Can you imagine that?
Jack: It’s a good thing you come along when you did, Mary Poppins.
Annabel Banks: But we can’t fix the carriage wheel. It isn’t possible.
Mary Poppins: Everything is possible. Even the impossible.
Shamus the Coachman: Now, where would we all like to go on this fine, fine day?
Mary Poppins: The Royal Doulton Music Hall, please.
John Banks: Where?
Georgie Banks: What’s that?
Mary Poppins: We’re on the brink of an adventure, children. Don’t spoil it with too many questions.
Annabel Banks: How on earth did she do that?
Jack: One thing you should know about Mary Poppins, she never explains anything.
Georgie Banks: What are you doing?
Wolf: Well, well, if it isn’t the boy who cracked the bowl. We’ve waited a long time for you Banks children to come and visit us, so we could pay a visit to your nursery.
Georgie Banks: But those are our things!
Wolf: Oh, not anymore, they aren’t.
Georgie Banks: [sees Gilly being taken away in the box] Give Gillie back! He’s mine! My mother made him for me!
Georgie Banks: I miss mother.
Mary Poppins: Oh, listen to the three of you. You’re all worrying far too much. After all, you can’t lose what you’ve never lost.
Georgie Banks: I don’t understand.
Mary Poppins: [singing to the Banks children] Nothing’s really left or lost without a trace. Nothing’s gone forever, only out of place.
Mary Poppins: The children and I are heading that way on an errand. We’ll stop by the bank afterwards.
Jack: I’ll give you a lift. My rounds are done.
Mary Poppins: Wonderful.
Jack: All aboard, everyone. Come on.
Annabel Banks: On the bicycle? But there are five of us. We can’t all fit.
John Banks: The weight on those wheels alone. Mary Poppins, how much do you weigh?
[Mary Poppins looks horrified]
Jack: Never you mind about that. It’s all a question of balance.
Jane Banks: [referring to Jack’s bicycle] Are you sure this is quite safe?
Mary Poppins: Not in the slightest. Ready!
Mary Poppins: You see, when the world turns upside down, the best thing is to turn right along with it.
Mary Poppins: [singing] When you change the view from where you stood, the things you view will change for good.
Jack: Say, what’s with all the glum faces? Lost sixpence and found a penny?
Annabel Banks: We’ve made a mess of everything.
John Banks: Father’s furious with us.
Georgie Banks: And we can’t find our way home.
Jack: Lost, are you, Mary Poppins?
Mary Poppins: Hopelessly.
Jack: Well, now, I’m no expert, but if ever I lose my way, I just look for a little light to guide me.
John Banks: What’s a leerie?
Jack: Why, it’s what we lamplighters call ourselves, of course. Time to send up the call to arms. Leeries, trip the light to lead the way!
Annabel Banks: Can you speak leerie, Mary Poppins?
Mary Poppins: Can I speak leerie?
Jack: Of course she can. She’s Mary Poppins!
Georgie Banks: Can we do it with you?
Annabel, John: Please?
Mary Poppins: Oh, very well then.
Michael Banks: Where on earth have you all been? I told you to bring them straight home. I’ve been worried sick!
Annabel Banks: We’re sorry we’re late, Father. It wasn’t Mary Poppins’ fault.
John Banks: We got lost in the fog.
Georgie Banks: Jack and the leeries led us down the frog and toad.
Mary Poppins: He means road.
Michael Banks: So you’ve been off filling the children’s heads with stuff and nonsense. I’ve heard quite enough. Come in at once!
Michael Banks: [to the children] I know it’s been a hard year for our family, and I’ve done all I can to keep you all from worrying, but I can’t do this on my own. It’s too hard. I just, I’m barely holding it together as it is. I can’t even seem to remember my briefcase in the morning, and there’s no more time. We’re about to lose our home, and I can’t lose this house. I just can’t. I don’t know what to do. I’m sorry, I don’t know what to do. Everything’s fallen to pieces since your mother… Haven’t we lost enough already?
Georgie Banks: We haven’t lost mother. Not really.
Michael Banks: We can’t turn back time.
Annabel Banks: Why not? Everything is possible. Even the impossible.
John Banks: Can we do that, Mary Poppins? Can we turn back time?
Mary Poppins: Well, I don’t see why that couldn’t be arranged.
Michael Banks: But that’s ridiculous.
Mary Poppins: Indeed it is, Michael. It’s nonsense.
Annabel Banks: Foolishness!
John Banks: It makes no sense! And if it makes no sense…
Annabel, John, Georgie: It can’t be true!
Mr. Dawes Jr.: He has you there, Willie.
Wilkins: Uncle Dawes? What on earth are you doing here?
Mr. Dawes Jr.: [winks at the Parrot umbrella, which winks back] A little bird told me that you’ve been trying to cheat the Banks family out of their shares in this bank.
Jack: That he has. We heard him.
Mr. Dawes Jr.: I also hear, you’ve been telling the whole of London that I’ve gone loony. The only loony thing I ever did was trust you to look after this bank!
Wilkins: You can’t be serious, I’ve nearly doubled the profits of this bank.
Mr. Dawes Jr.: Yes, by wringing it out of the customers pockets. Their trust in us built this bank. You’ve squandered every last bit of their goodwill. Well, Willie, I’m back, and you’re out. Gentlemen, would you show my nephew to the door, please?
Frye: Yes, sir, Mr. Dawes.
Wilkins: [as Frye and Gooding try to take hold of his arms]Get off! You’re not fit to run this bank!
Mr. Dawes Jr.: Oh, we’ll see about that!I may be circling the drain, but I got a few steps left in me.
Mr. Dawes Jr.: [to the Banks children] I’d like to tell you a little story. Once upon a time, there was a man with a wooden leg… That’s not it.
Michael Banks: Those days are long behind me. I don’t think I’ve held a balloon since I was a child.
Balloon Lady: Then you’ve forgotten what it’s like.
Michael Banks: To hold a balloon?
Balloon Lady: To be a child.
Balloon Lady: [referring to the balloons that’s carrying everyone in the air] Of course, the grown-ups will all forget by tomorrow.
Mary Poppins: They always do.
Balloon Lady: Only one balloon left, Mary Poppins. I think it must be yours.
Mary Poppins: Yes, I suppose it must.
[looking at her own reflection in the balloon]
Mary Poppins: Practically perfect in every way.
Michael Banks: Welcome home, everyone.
Jane Banks: It’s nice to be back, isn’t it?
Michael Banks: It is, it’s so nice. I never thought I’d feel this much joy and wonder ever again. I thought that door was closed to me forever.
Mary Poppins: It’s time.
[she picks up her bag and umbrella and floats away]
Jane Banks: She’s gone, hasn’t she, Michael?
Michael Banks: Thank you, Mary Poppins. Goodbye.
Jack: I won’t forget, Mary Poppins. Promise.