Movie Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’
Helped, indeed, by the sheer imagination of the Julie Andrews-starrer that this pulls from. Hindered, no doubt, by the bar its predecessor set. Don’t be seduced by the hype and headlines that are not-so-cleverly touting this film as “Practically Perfect”: Mary Poppins Returns is a glossy good time at the movies, but a transcendent follow up, this is not.
Jumping between weak attempts at injecting a story into a script that couldn’t care less about the narrative and its big-budget set pieces, the runtime starts to feel bloated and overlong midway through. But in true razzle dazzle fashion, every time your mind starts to drift, you’ll be dazzled with a new eye-popping set-piece that pulls you back in and wraps you up in a bundle of whimsical nostalgia. Not all the numbers totally hit the target, but when they do, it’s a sight to behold, such as when the gang travels inside a decorative pottery bowl and find themselves submerged into an animated world of music and mischief.
Where Mary Poppins Returns falters is the music. You’ll leave the theater smiling, but not humming. Charmed, but not changed. Don’t ask too much of it. Just let it wash over you, and you’ll be transported to a happier time. And as we come to an end of a much-maligned 2018, that honestly may be enough.
Mary Poppins Returns is now playing at Regal South Beach, AMC Aventura, AMC Sunset Place, Silverspot Cinema Miami, CMX Brickell City Centre, The Landmark at Merrick Park, and Cinepolis Coconut Grove. Click here for showtimes.