‘Mary Poppins Returns’
Who wants to mess with the “practically perfect” formula of the original? Well, it seems the gamble has paid off. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda lead a cast of characters both live and animated through a spirited journey of laughter and music.
Dick Van Dyke himself makes an appearance, displaying an energy and verve that would be impressive in a man half his age.
Mary Poppins has returned to London to visit the now-grown Michael and Jane Banks, along with Michael’s three children, and bring her spoonful of sugar back into their lives.
With Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury and Julie Walters also on the roster, coupled with an extraordinary costume and art direction budget, the critics are betting that it’s a jolly holiday with Mary all over again.
It may not be a blockbuster film in the same vein as the “Avengers” series or an action flick starring Tom Cruise, but “Green Book” has definitely made an impact on the movie-going public.
Starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali in the lead roles, the camera follows Tony Vallelonga (Mortensen), a New York tough guy, as he chauffeurs acclaimed pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Ali) through the Deep South in the 1960s.
Racism and segregation are alive and well, creating some tense moments throughout the story, but the men’s friendship blossoms as they take their journey together.
A number of top critics have hailed this as one of the best films of the year and Mortensen and Ali appear to be shoe-ins for Oscar nominations come 2019.