Over 50 years later and Mary Poppins reportedly still retains the same magic she did back in 1964. At least that's the takeaway from the early Twitter reactions to Disney's Mary Poppins Returns (out in December), which enjoyed its world premiere last night.
Even with a new actor (Emily Blunt) in the titular role originally made iconic by Julie Andrews, the sequel seems to be a worthy successor to the first film, perfectly delivering on old-school charm, delightful performances, and pure, unadulterated joy that will make you forget your woes, even if it's for a little while.
Written by David Magee (Finding Neverland), Mary Poppins Returns is based on the eight kids' books written by P.L. Travers, released between 1934 and 1988. Travers famously hated Walt Disney's film adaptation of her books, a story that was depicted by Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks in the 2013 biopic Saving Mr. Banks.
Directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods), the upcoming musical follow-up is set 25 years after the original. In Depression-era London, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) and his children are reeling from a terrible personal loss, which draws Mary back to Cherry Tree Lane in order to take care of the now-extended Banks family.
Returns co-stars Emily Mortimer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick Van Dyke, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, and Colin Firth.
Take a look at the early reax below...
Mary Poppins and her dancing animated penguins return to theaters everywhere Dec. 19.