Movie Review: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

It’s hard to beat “Mary Poppins.” It’s practically perfect in every way, after all. But Disney’s sequel “Mary Poppins Returns” sure tries its absolute hardest to be worthy of the original.

The film opens with a grown-up Michael (Ben Whishaw) who now has three kids of his own and is raising them in the old family home. He is doing this by himself, having lost his wife the previous year to an undisclosed illness. And though art is Michael’s passion, he has taken a teller job at the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank to make ends meet. Unfortunately, the job isn’t doing the trick. After falling behind on a loan repayment, the bank is threatening to repossess the Banks family home.

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