20 Years Later Mary Poppins Again Brings Families Together


Poster artwork by Walt Disney Pictures

This newest version of the movie takes place 20 years after the original. The plot is similar to the first movie as it has the same formula of Mary Poppins looking after the Banks children.

Iris Valentin, Features Managing Editor

Fans of the first “Mary Poppins” movie will remember the joy and magic that it brought during their childhood as they watch the remake. Fifty-four years after the original movie’s release, Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” premiered in theatres Dec. 19.

The new movie takes place 20 years after the original movie ends. In the sequel, Mary Poppins returns to the Banks household, reuniting with the family to help lift their spirits as they face the struggles of the Great Slump, similar to the Great Depression, in Britain.

The plot is similar to the first movie as it has the same formula of Mary Poppins looking after the Banks children. This striking similarity may bore some audience members who have already seen the first movie.

The movie pays homage to the original, but with a modern take. In this sequel, locations such as the Bank and the Banks’ home can be seen more clearly through the modern day camera with better technology which is a refreshing touch for the audience.

“I really enjoyed watching the movie with my family,” junior Julian Lee said. “[It] managed to capture the same magic as the first movie did with the old characters along with the new additions to the cast.”

While the movie does manage to have strong effects such as the mix of live action and animation sequences, it lacked the same excitement that the music of the first movie brought. Composer Marc Shaiman matched the similar music style from the first film, composed by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman who have worked on other films such as “The Jungle Book” and “The Aristocats.”

“The new music in the sequel didn’t capture the same feeling as the old movie did,” Lee said. “The songs were fun and beautiful to listen to, but they weren’t as memorable as ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ or ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ which are fun songs to listen to.”

As the movie is loved by many who have seen it, there are others who did not enjoy watching the film.

“So, once again, Mary Poppins glides in to save the day and, more specifically, to take care of some gently neglected if unquestionably loved Banks children,” New York Times reporter Manohla Dargis said in his Dec. 18 review. “Michael adores his sons and daughter, but — in classic Disney matricidal fashion — his wife has recently died, and he’s in mourning.”

While the movie may not appeal to everyone, there are plenty of fans of the original movie who liked the sequel.

“I enjoyed watching the new movie, it had that nostalgic feeling from the first movie,” media specialist Sherry Weiss said. “It may have not been other people’s taste, but I personally enjoyed it for just the way it was made.”