Synopsis: Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.
Main Feature: I was never one overly fond of the original "Mary Poppins." Sure, it was charming and whimsical enough, the prominent centerpiece for those types of movies Walt Disney was releasing at that time. So my enthusiasm for its decades-later sequel "Mary Poppins Returns" was one of not rushing to see it. It matches the charm, tone and color scheme of the original. Technically, its a sequel (the original Banks children are grown up with kids of their own, and their own problems that require Ms. Poppins) but it feels like a reboot, giving younger audiences of today a chance to experience the entertainment their parents enjoyed when they were of the same age. Still, I am one who did not gravitate and latch on to the 1964 film. I liked it, nothing more. And the same applies here. I liked "Mary Poppins Returns." It was entertaining enough, thanks in part to the casting of Emily Blunt in the lead role. In fact, she is such a no-brainer, perfect 10 casting that if someone else played her, critics would be asking why Blunt was NOT the first--and, and frankly, only--choice. She makes the movie.
Special Features: Aside from the standard Movies Anywhere digital copy, the usual Disney flair of behind the scenes featurettes, and sing-along moments. A nice little addition is a bit covering Dick Van Dyke's appearance and influence on the film. No Julie Andrews aside, thsi is a glowing extra for a deserving subject.
Final Call: "Mary Poppins Returns" banks on the perfect casting of Emily Blunt as it's lead.