Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall, with a screenplay written by David Magee and a story by Magee, Marshall, and John DeLuca. Based on the book series by P. L. Travers, this sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppinsstars Emily Blunt as the eponymous character, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep in supporting roles. Van Dyke is the only actor from the original to return, portraying the son of one of his original characters. Set in 1930s London, two decades after the events of the original film, it sees Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, returning after a family tragedy.
The film was officially announced on September 14, 2015. Marshall was hired later that month, and Blunt and Miranda were cast in February 2016. Filming lasted from February to July 2017, and took place at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England.
Mary Poppins Returns held its world premiere at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on November 29, 2018, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 19, 2018, giving it one of the longest gaps between film sequels in history at 54 years. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised Blunt’s performance, the music, visuals, production values, and sense of nostalgia, although many found it derivative of the first film. It was chosen by both the National Board of Review and American Film Institute as one of the top ten films of 2018 and received numerous award nominations, including four at the 76th Golden Globe Awards (including for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy), nine at the 24th Critics’ Choice Awards as well an Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role nomination for Blunt at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 78% based on 79 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “Mary Poppins Returns relies on the magic of its classic forebear to cast a familiar — but still solidly effective — family-friendly spell.”[ On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 70 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.[
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, saying, “Emily Blunt is the magical nanny in this scarily accomplished clone-pastiche sequel, which starts terrifically and ends cloyingly – just like the original.” Geoffrey Macnab of The Independent wrote, “The nostalgia here could easily have been very cloying. Instead, it adds to the richness and mystery. In an era of superhero franchises where sequels to successful movies turn up almost instantly, Mary Poppins’s return shows that sometimes it pays to wait. Half a century on, her allure hasn’t faded at all.”[