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Jan 15 2019

Mary Poppins vs.Mary Poppins Returns: Supporting Characters

by Lynn Lee

Among the sharper observations I've seen regardingMary Poppins Returnsis that it is toMary PoppinswhatThe Force Awakenswas toStar Wars: A New Hope.  In each case,the sequel feeds shamelessly off fans' nostalgia by recreating every beat of the original film – the plot arc,the character dynamics,even the distinctive look of the original,tweaked to reflect the changing mores of the past several decades.  In short,it'sthe same movie,just repackaged.

Setting aside whether it needed to be made at all,does Mary Poppins 2.0 improve at all on the original formula?  InThe Force Awakens,the one real added value was the new characters.  In many ways they felt like rebooted archetypes fromA New Hope,yet for the most part they also felt fresh and intriguing.  Is the same true forMary Poppins Returns?  Let's do a side-by-side comparison...

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