Mary Poppins Returns Trailer Review

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By Ben Wright (@iamzavagno | www.xgeeks.co.uk)

When the news first broke that there was to be a sequel to Mary Poppins, a few eyebrows were raised. But as the cast announcements kept coming followed by a very tantalising teaser, excitement levels grew.

With the film being a direct sequel to a film made fifty years ago, and recasting the film’s star, Mary Poppins Returns was always going to be an ambitious movie. To do this successfully, you need a strong script that captures the magic of the original and a cast to back that up.

So, the cast. Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke. As casts go, that is pretty astonishing. It’s a talented ensemble spanning generations. There is no way this film will fail from an acting standpoint.

So without further ado, it’s time to look at the trailer! If you haven’t done so already, you can watch the trailer below.

As always we pick out the TOP 5 moments that stood out the most.

5 Things From The Trailer:

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Same Names, Different Faces

With a fifty-four year gap between movies, it was always going to an unlikely scenario that the original cast would return to reprise their roles. In the story, the film is set 25 years after the events of the first film. So recasting the likes of  Jane and Michael is easily done. They have now grown up and are adults. As for Mary? Not so much. Yet they cleverly address this when she first returns to the Banks house. They comment that she hasn’t aged a day. Smart move for the trailer, they’ve addressed the recast in a subtle way while also confirming to the audience that this IS Mary.

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Grown Up Tone

Michael and Jane are not the only ones who have grown up. The first half of this trailer hammers home the more serious, grown-up elements of the story. While the first film did have it’s moments, they are definitely going for a more refined and emotive movie. Yet this does not have to come at a sacrifice to the magic and fun that you’d expect from a Mary Poppins movie. As the trailer progressed, it’s obvious that they seem to have a grasp on the balance of the movie’s tone.

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MS Paint

Yes, yes and more yes. While the techniques and tools to create the animation in this film are different from the original. I am very pleased to see that the tone and style have remained. While there are elements of more modern CGI in the trailer, the ‘painted’ scenes really capture the magic of Disney back in the sixties and seventies. That mix of live action and ‘cartoon’ animation has always been something I have really enjoyed. So to see it in a modern environment is even more pleasing.

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The Magic Is There

As I’ve already mentioned, the themes might be more adult, but the magic and wonderment are still there in abundance. We go from Ben Whishaw crying over his deceased wife to a magical dance number. Juggling the different tones and balancing a serious story with moments of childlike wonder is not an easy thing to do. But director Rob Marshall and writer David Magee seem to have it sussed. If they get this right, the film could be a huge success.

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*Bleep* Van *Bleep*

Dick Van Dyke is set to play Mr Dawes Jr, who was played by Arthur Malet in the original movie. He was the son of bank director Mr Dawes Sr, who was actually played by Van Dyke himself, albeit in makeup. To have Van Dyke back to play his ‘son’ is a nice nod to the original movie. He may be 92 years old, but if this trailer is anything to go by, you can expect the usual high energy performance from him. The man is a juggernaut.

Mary Poppins Returns is due in cinemas 21st December.

What was your trailer highlight? What are you wanting to see most in the film? Let us know in the comments.

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