Mary Poppins comes back to life

Ashley George, Contributor

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The original Mary Poppins of 1964 was one of the most popular musical movies of all times. Bursting with color and vibrancy, this made the 1964 classic a hit. But the 2018 remake of Mary Poppins might not have hit the mark. Expectations for this remake were new and captivating songs, a remembrance of the original set and plot, and most of all Mary Poppins!

When watching this movie, it lacked the music that one would have stuck in their head for days, the original Banks children who had a nanny to take them on wild adventures that they had never seen, and the happy chimney sweeper who seemed to take the hearts of all. This was then replaced with the young children, Michael and Jane, as adults needing to be saved from their problematic lives, the chimney sweeper being replaced with a lamplighter, and Michael’s three children who are taken by Mary Poppins to forget the troubles in their lives. They completely switched the roles of the characters to put Michael and Jane in their dads position and Michael’s kids in his. Thus, putting the adult version of Michael in a state where he does not have the wherewithal to be able to fix the foreclosure on his family house, to tend and pay attention to his children to bring joy to their lives, and lastly morning his wife’s death not being able to focus on his duties. ” Mr. Banks to pay attention to his children; now, she has to pull Michael out of his own catastrophic depression so he can tend to his children and save their home from the bank. The remake fell quite short of the story children grew up to. It seemingly is a copycat remake of the original movie, but falls quite short on detail and much more”(New York Times)

The original Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke was a beast of a challenge to remake. To bring two new characters to take on the enormous roles of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and to also  be able to bring the same essence of mystery to their memorable performance is almost impossible. With trying to conquer this large feat let to a significant amount of problems. But the most seemingly odd piece of this movie is that is supposed to be a replica of the original movie but can not capture the bliss of the original or being able to replicate the delicacy of feeling.

Although this movie did have great qualities. From the new version of “Step in Time”, the classic scene where Burt an all his chimney sweeper dance on the roofs with Mary Poppins and the Banks children, changed to “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”, a more amped and complex version made to catch the audience’s eye which it sure did. With new colorful costumes to the BMX bikes flying across the screen it was a sight to remember. An overall improvement of the choreography implementing new styles and better effects all around.

There were some challenges for the characters being able to reach the notes not in their range to not being able to bring back the nostalgia of the original movie. Along with the gleaming smile of Michael and Jane as well as the classic chimney sweeper. But on the other hand it was filled with new costumes and lots of choreography and more advanced effects. This makes the experience feel more alive and energized. Overall it is a well put together movie that one would be able to enjoy, but just fell short of the original classic.

www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/movies/mary-poppins-returns-review.html?referrer=google_kp

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