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YNMS: Mary Poppins Returns

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It's finally here! After the jump the Mary Poppins Returns trailer and our Yes No Maybe So™ breakdown.


• The power of nostagia is real. As soon as I saw the the snow globe there was a lump in my throat. 
• "As I live and breathe..." that shot of Mary Poppins emerging from the clouds is perfection. As is the way Emily Blunt sort of glides into a walk from the sky when she hits the park. And isn't it wonderful to have the musical genre's great new hope Lin-Manuel Miranda, aboard this retro confection?
• "I was flying a kite and it got caught in a nanny" - HEE! I already love this movie, don't you?
• Ben Whishaw dropping his papers when he sees Mary is bliss.
• "I've come to look after the Banks children." "Us?" "Yes, you too." Haha. One thing people always forget about Mary Poppins is how bitchy she is (in an endearing way) 

• A hand-drawn animated detour? YAAAS. 
• ...even better genius Sandy Powell has incorporated the hand-drawn look into the costume design for that segment. 

• "You've forgotten what it's like to be a child!" ANGELA LANSBURY ❤️❤️❤️❤️
• Also Angela's hat.
• That split second of seeing Dick Van Dyke dancing thrills... as do the shots that look like a recreation of "Step in Time" (but probably aren't). How lucky for this production that Dick Van Dyke is still alive and kicking at 92 years of age. He turns 93 two weeks before the movie opens. 



• "This Christmas" It's just punishment that we have to wait that long.
• "Nothing's gonna forever only out of place..." the ONLY musical line in the whole trailer? I get that they're saving the songs for closer to release but this uncomfortably reminds us of the resistance to acknowledging that musicals are musicals in trailer form. Which in turn reminds us that Rob Marshall directed this. And he doesn't consistently deliver quality.
• Some of the garishly colored visual effects are giving off uncomfortable Eyesore in Wonderland vibes. Hope this is just a case of out of context visual noise and not the actual viewing experience.
• On a similar note I HATE Streep's red wig. The internet seems to love it already but I can't.


• Hmmm. did we need the exact same plot again? Stuffy dad (formerly joyful son) has forgotten how to experience joy and nonsense.
• "Everythings fallen to piece since your mother..." *weeps*" As longtime Ben Whishaw fans we really want this to work for him because the movies are really underusing him but this role doesn't look like much fun. 

• Emily Blunt is a wonderful actress and she seems like the best person for this job but filling these pointy Julie Andrews shoes is a tall order. We remain nervous but hopeful because we love her comic instincts and her singing voice, both of which should serve her well here.
• Honestly forgot this movie would definitely have child actors and child actors are always an iffy notion for movies since they're so often bad! 

Bless these actors (but why doesn't Lansbury get a title card?) and we hope they all bring it, wonky accents and all!

Are you a Yes No or Maybe So... and to what degree? If you had to rank the performances in terms of which you're most excited about, how would they fall?

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Love it. Will be a huge hit this Christmas.
And Meryl’s wig is fab!

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I just threw up in my mouth a little. Meryl, what were you thinking?

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Why it is so dark? This is not Into the Woods, Disney.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I'm a "yes / give it to me now" on this. Come on.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterV.

I love Meryl Streep as much as I hate her fans.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDaya

(in Scar's voice) Oh goodie, a mini-Mamma Mia reunion... (I kid, though I do loathe the first Mamma Mia film).

In all seriousness, as someone who grew up with Mary Poppins, I definitely want to see this, though I do have a few concerns, mainly the fact that Rob Marshall is directing. I liked Chicago well enough and I did enjoy his TV-version of Annie, but man, was Into the Woods a mess (frequently saved by his cast), and the less said about Memoirs of a Geisha...

Still, the cast looks terrific, and yes, the chance to see Dick Van Dyke dancing again is worth the price of admission (as is Angela Lansbury). I do wonder why they couldn't stick Julie Andrews somewhere in there though (on second thought, maybe having her around would put way too much pressure on Emily Blunt).

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRichter Scale

1. Blunt
2. Van Dyke
3. Mortimer
4. Miranda

Then everyone else. Emily Mortimer is severely underused in everything. She is a great comedienne and I hope this brings it to full boar.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBen

I wonder if they asked Julie Andrews to have a cameo at all?

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

It looks like a good movie for the holiday season. Most excited for Lin-Manuel followed by Angela Lansbury (the rumors about Les Moonves harassing her were awful).

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne


Be wonderful. Please be wonderful. Because for 2+ minutes I was 6 again and in love with Mary Poppins.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

I kinda wish Meryl Streep came in with Ironweed's wig and makeup. I can't believe Dick Van Dyke almost 93, how come he look like Michael Douglas but much younger and more handsome in this trailer?

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJack for Streep

I LOVE Meryl Streep's look in this. She looks like a totally soused British women and I am * here * for * it. *

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

At least we know that Gaga is totally winning the Globe now

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Maybe Angela just has a tiny cameo?

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDan H.

I have been bullish on Blunt winning for this all year mainly due to snubs etc and the original role being Oscared and the film beloved but it looks like the usual Disney Christmas fair they've been churning out lately but the cast give me hope,Cher's wig From the Love Hurts era sure came in handy.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Julie Andrews declined a cameo when asked- wanted this to be solely Blunt’s.
Love all the Streep haters-geeeeez. She is practically in it for one song and everyone just cannot stand her. Good grief!

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Looks like Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Why do they stick Whishaw with these mopey characters he's capable of much more..

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Goosebumps. Love this movie already.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJB

I'm in for Dick Van Dyke.

I will say, though—glossy digital post-production is a pestilence. I know we ragged on the Alice in Wonderland color wasn't /just/ the color scheme. Every face, garment, chair, tree, cloud looks like it's been sweetened and polished within an inch of its life.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

Quote: "I just threw up in my mouth a little. Meryl, what were you thinking?"

"I am SO going to be Madame Medusa a live action version of The Rescuers!"

No really, I expected a WAY different look, so I'm kind of relieved she looks still eccentric (as her character is) but not too much. Three time's the charms and she's finally nice to Emily Blunt. *lol*

Why didn't you post the poster, Nat? It's gorgeous!!!

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSonja


Does it feel like it's trying a little too hard to be like the original?

I'll see it, but at this moment I need a little more.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBJT

For me is yes, a really intuitive one. The only thing that bothered me a bit was what it seems to be the plot but I kind love that the "simplicity" of the special effects, not like that lame CGI 3Dish so usual to disney live actions.

And I'm just hoping to see Emily Blunt kicking ass in this soundtrack!

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAni di

It looks very good and I like Meryl's look... Nat, If Nicole were wearing the wig, you would think it was fabulous.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

I'm a yes because sometimes it's nice to be nice, and Mary Poppins Returns look like a high quality nice film.

Also, the snippet of the new song by Marc Shaiman really matches the style of the Sherman Brothers, so it feels like they got the music right. Good on him, too, as I wouldn't have pegged that song as being written by him. He's a wonderful composer in his own right and he clearly did his homework on this job.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

Bring on the pot brownies! 100% yes.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJono

I was highly skeptical of this, but WOW that trailer hooked me but GOOD.

The only things I'm not COMPLETELY sold on are Meryl (it's not a great look and kind of makes me wish we were seeing someone like Jennifer Saunders in the part instead) and Emily's speaking voice, which seems to be in a posher accent than Julie Andrews? Which seems weird, but maybe my memory of the original is off.

But seriously, everything else about this looks pretty great. And DICK VAN FREAKING DYKE! DANCING! Honestly, that was all I needed to see to be convinced to buy my ticket right now.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDancin' Dan

I still think Julie Andrews will made a cameo in this movies. My intuition SCREAMS this. so, I will believe in that.

p.s.: The costumes, design, light, effects and make-up: five oscar nominations with only this. Six if we count Score. Seven? Original song. eight and nine? Sound mixing and editing.

Ten and eleven? Actress and supporting actor.

Twelve? Best Picture.

Thirteen and fourteen? directing and writing (I really doubt in this two)

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I won't be appearing in this piece of... celluloid.

Please notice that the only shots worth mentioning are the ones copied from the original.

You all have very bad taste.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDame Julie

I want to lean towards Yes due to the cast and premise but it's also towards a Maybe due to Rob Marshall's credentials as I think he's a mediocre filmmaker.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

I'm in all the way!

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDO

I had issues with the CGI stuff too, but I was also crying by the end of the trailer so I’ll definitely be there opening night.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKiki

Yes. Emily Blunt is practically perfect is just about everything, and she looks radiant in this. And Emily Mortimer! And Dick Van Dyke! And the OTHER Dame Julie!

Maybe. Ben Whishaw looks miscast and miserable (I know he was wonderful as Paddington, but that was a voiceover. Also, just finished A Very English Scandal and his character annoyed the hell out of me. Normally like him, though.) Love Lansbury but is she creating a nicer version of her role in Nanny McPhee? Don't get it.

@Dancin' Dan - Yes! Jennifer Saunders is a marvelous choice. Is Streep vying with Bonham-Carter for the most whack-a-doo whack-a-doo cameo?

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPam

I’m so happy for Julie Walters. So many great additions to her filmography recently.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDanish

Emily Mortimer is a treasure. She should have won an Emmy for 30 Rock.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMikeyC

Of course you hate Meryl's red wig. Site is so predictable.

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterbrandz

Danish -- yeah, she seems to be getting another wind in her career.

Dame Julie -thank you for your presence.

Brandz & RDF -- it's just a wig. Streep didn't make it herself, it's not an attack on her. don't like Nicole's wig in Destroyer, too. I'm sure there's lots of things to complain about with me but I don't play favoritism with wigs ;)

September 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

"she seems to be getting another wind in her career"

from the anus?

September 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBilly

I love the trailer and the red wig. Looks kooky and I hope hilarious.

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJF

mary poppins: the force awakens

nostalgia unleashed by remaking the original and pretending it's a sequel

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterpar

I find Meryl fans insufferable! The criticism of the wig wasn't even aimed at her and all these people started to drag others like Nicole into the conversation. Geez. Get a life!

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPete

Meryl fans are just happy to see her for one second without complain about anything. Just saying.

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJack for Streep

@Pete: Meryl fans are like Trump supporters. Even if it's a constructive criticism, they will leap to their Queen's defence and mow you down. Worse, they may even drag other actresses into the fold to show you how great their Queen is, much like Trump supporters mowing down other esteemed ex-presidents!

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLelk

Nope. Could never be a Trump supporter but nice comparison. You have just confirmed my bellief on how bad these comment sections have become on this site over the last couple years.

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

I don't care what anyone else thinks. This made me want to scratch my eyes out and set fire to everything. And the Emily Blunt voice is 'off'.

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterevangelina

No. Not interested.

It's obviously an excellent cast and production, and it will surely be a huge hit, but count me out. I'll wait for cable... and probably not like it, as has been the case with most of the recent revivals/remakes/extensions. This is an absurdly long delayed sequel where none is needed, that's being made solely as a cash grab for extending the profitability of a beloved property. That's the way a big chunk of the industry is now, I get it, but that doesn't mean they will get me into a theater for it.

Mind you, Mary Poppins was the first movie I ever went to at night - I was 9 in 1964 - and seeing it again decades later when I had my own kids was a revelation (I had never realized it was about a dysfunctional family where the parents had to be brought back in). It's a uniquely great Disney film and honestly, it deserves to remading standing on its own and not be sucked dry.

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDoctor Strange

I'm a Yes. I fully agree with all your reservations but I'll be there in the theater to see how it turns out.

September 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

hell of a cast but it looks downright bad. I think this thing will get terrible reviews but probably still be a hit with audiences. Possible globe nod for Blunt but wouldn’t predict her for any other legitimate awards groups.

September 19, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterhuh

I want to say no (Rob Marshall, repeating storylines, etc.) but this won me over. I don't know.. maybe in these times I just need some old fashioned movie magic schmaltz. I'm a YES.

September 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

This looks promising, hope it's Blunt ticket to finally an Oscar nom! 😁

My goodness!! We r really spoiled w such riches in the Best Actress race this yr!! Maybe they shld expand the no. of nominees.

Hey, Emmy has 6 or 7 n sumtimes 8 nominees!! I dun see Y Oscars can't too, esp in years whr there were abundant exceptional performances

September 19, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

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