Mary Poppins Returns
First screened in December 2018
Director: Rob Marshall. Cast: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Dawson, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Jeremy Swift, David Warner, Jim Norton, Meryl Streep, Noma Dumezweni, "Nackvid Keyd," Angela Lansbury, voices of Chris O'Dowd, Mark Addy, Edward Hibbert. Screenplay: David Magee, Rob Marshall, and John De Luca (inspired by several Mary Poppins books by P.L. Travers).

Twitter Capsule: So game, so pretty, so technically skilled—so why not more fun? I'm asking about the movie and its star turn.

Second Capsule: Andrews somehow conjured warmth and charisma inside a cut-glass spirit. Blunt comes near to playing someone with a big chip on her shoulder.

VOR:   The mid-film animated sequences demonstrate some technical savvy, but otherwise this felt like a fairly redundant and charm-starved retread.

Photo © 2018 Walt Disney Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C+

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Production Design: John Myhre and Gordon Sim
Best Costume Design: Sandy Powell
Best Original Score: Marc Shaiman
Best Original Song: "The Place Where Lost Things Go"

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy): Emily Blunt
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Lin-Manuel Miranda
Best Original Score: Marc Shaiman

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