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Mary Poppins Returns (U) (SCENE)

Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) has a habit of turning up when she’s least expected – and when she’s needed the most.

And that’s exactly what happens on a particularly stormy day in 1930s London.

Jane Banks (Emily Mortimer) and her brother Michael (Ben Whishaw) are all grown up. But times are hard in Depression-era Britain, and, Jane, Michael, and Michael’s three children are heavy with sadness, reeling from the recent death of the children’s mother. To make matters worse, Michael is struggling to pay the bills and is at risk of losing their home.

Which is why they’re so glad when, at the very house where it all began on Cherry Tree Lane, Michael and Jane’s former nanny returns.

Mary Poppins has her work cut out for her. Michael is preoccupied with mountain of financial troubles he’s facing, and his three children are missing the spark that went out as soon as their mother died.

Together with the help of her friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) the street lamplighter, Mary sets about to do what she does best – putting things right in a strange, whimsical, and magical way.

But will she be able to convince Michael that there’s still happiness to be found, and help him see the colour in the world again?

The much-anticipated Disney musical and sequel to the 1964 classic is directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago) and features a star-studded cast. Dick Van Dyke, who played Bert and Mr Dawes Sr. in Mary Poppins, returns to play his original character’s son, Mr. Dawes Jr.

Other big screen giants include Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl) Meryl Streep (The Post), Colin Firth (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), and Angela Lansbury (Driving Miss Daisy), Julie Walters (Paddington 2).

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