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Mary Poppins Returns (2018) Review

A MOSTLY “PRACTICAL

PERFECT” SEQUEL


 

Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and ‘bout to begin. Can’t put me finger on what lies in store. But I feel what’s to happen all happened before”. Such is one of the first lines uttered in Disney’s 1964 live-action film Mary Poppins. Based on the children’s novels by English author P.L. Travers, the movie, which was directed by Robert Stevenson and starred actor Dick Van Dyke and actress Julie Andrews, tells the story of a magical nanny (named Marry Poppins) who visits a dysfunctional family (the Banks family) in London and employs her unique and whimsical brand of lifestyle to improve the family’s dynamics through a series of events. The film was met with critical acclaim, with many praising the feature for its narrative heart and imaginative nuances throughout the feature (the combination of live-action and animation) as well as the acting talents from Andrews and Dyke in the movie. Mary Poppins also received 13 Academy Awards nomination (setting a record for any other film released by the Walt Disney studios) and won five of those wards, including Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”. Since it’s theatrical release back in 1964, Mary Poppins continues to enchant viewers new and old on various home video releases, receiving many prestigious awards throughout the years, including being selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Now, almost 54 years since Mary Poppins graced the silver screen, it’s time to everyone’s favorite nanny to return as Walt Disney Studios and director Rob Marshall presents Mary Poppins Returns. Is this log belated sequel from the “house of mouse” worth a glance or is it a far cry from the beloved classic? Read more

Into The Woods Review

A FAIRY TALE THEATER FOR ADULTS


 Not so long ago, before DreamWorks’s Shrek, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, and a plethora of other media outlets (via books, film, and TV), the surreal idea of blending fairy tales together was almost untouched and not as commonplace as it is today. Back in 1986, Steven Sondheim produced a stage musical of this very same idea and called it Into the Woods, which debuted at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and then premiered on Broadway that following year. While it wasn’t the first (or even the last) in the stories of fairy tale crossovers, it was definitely one of the most notable and iconic ones in the bunch. Now Walt Disney Studios brings Sondheim’s musical to the big screen with a film adaption Into the Woods. Can this lyrical fairy tale-mash up find it’s “happily ever after” or does it, likes it characters, get lost in the woods? Read more