Alison’s review published on Letterboxd:
Scavenger Hunt 46 / Task #5: Something magic.
I don’t have much emotional attachment to the original Mary Poppins so I went into this sequel relatively unbiased and I have to say, I believe that if Walt Disney were still alive today that this is the film he would have made.
This sequel perfectly encapsulates the wholesomeness and charm of its predecessor, is meticulously cast and choreographed to perfection. That being said, this isn’t the kind of film for me... as strange and puzzling as it may be, I gravitate more towards dark and gritty films. Those are the ones that suck me in and stay with me long after I’ve seen them. Sure, this was lovely and pure... but it was also forgettable and at times, even tedious.
Most of the musical numbers are absolutely splendid, but there were a couple that felt unnecessary... none moreso than the one with Meryl Streep. I would have happily cut that entire storyline with the bowl in favor of a shorter runtime because my other major issue was the length. This movie is long and I felt every minute of it.
All things considered, I’m happy to have finally seen this. My trips to the cinema haven’t been as frequent lately and this was a pleasant film to kick off the new year with.