After more than 50 years, the iconic Mary Poppins is nearing her return as Disney’s aptly titled Mary Poppins Returns flies into theatres December 19th. In anticipation of that occasion, tonight the cast and crew behind the film gathered for the world premiere. Even prior to that, both lucky fans and critics have been able to catch sneak peek screenings of the film. While full reviews are embargoed for a couple more weeks, members of the media were able to share their initial impressions of the movie on social media this evening.
With that, here’s a quick roundup of what critics are saying about Mary Poppins Returns so far:
We start off with the high praise that our own Alex Reif is heaping on the film:
— LaughingPlace.com (@laughing_place) November 30, 2018
While others might not go quite as far as Alex, the Oscar buzz has begun:
The world needed a movie like #MaryPoppinsReturns right about now and Rob Marshall DELIVERED. It’s an old-school entertainment with the kinds of thrills you used to have to attend an X-Games to find. A true gift from @DisneyStudios – and just in time for the holidays!
— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) November 30, 2018
In honesty, I'd been having a rough day before I walked into screen it. Two hours later, I walked out in love with everything again. It's a happy-making movie. And it's easily going to garner a few Oscar nods. #MaryPoppinsReturns
— Alisha Grauso (@AlishaGrauso) November 30, 2018
Similarly, others hinted that the movie more or less lived up to its predecessor:
Looks like the social-embargo is down – #MaryPoppinsReturns is almost-perfectly evocative of mid-60s live-action Disney. On-balance, what you think of that will be about what you think of it. Refreshingly unconcerned with the weight of expectations.
— Bob Chipman #RehireJamesGunn (@the_moviebob) November 30, 2018
#MaryPoppinsReturns is a classic example of going home again, in style. A phenomenal modern take on the franchise we all love.
— James Viscardi (@JimViscardi) November 30, 2018
Although, maybe it stays a bit too faithful to the original, said a couple of critics:
Mary Poppins Returns is a exquisitely made film with delightful music, excellent performances (especially by Emily Blunt) & contagious optimism.
And yet…it felt SO similar to the original. New songs, better technology, same story & themes. I definitely recommend it though.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) November 30, 2018
#MaryPoppinsReturns is…not for me. Emily Blunt is the only person who could have played that role, and she does a commendable job. But the movie just attempts to recreate too much of the original, and totally fails to recapture its magic.
— Ben Pearson (@benpears) November 30, 2018
Other positive notes called the film “delightful” and, of course, “practically perfect in every way” while also recalling the joy the film displays:
#MaryPoppinsReturns is absolutely delightful, packed with old school charm and it keeps you smiling the entire time. So much color and warmth and wonder – a film about believing in the ones you love and loving to imagine the possibilities. pic.twitter.com/6WmYErvUWD
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) November 30, 2018
— 🍗 .ashley. 🍁 (@AshleyEsqueda) November 30, 2018
I can finally say that I loved #MaryPoppinsReturns! Emily Blunt is practically perfect in every way! Also, @Disney needs to make branded tissues for every showing! So lovely! pic.twitter.com/z7LmfJMrde
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) November 30, 2018
— Brandi Jeter Riley (@BrandiJeter) November 30, 2018
#MaryPoppinsReturns is wonderful. It anticipates and miraculously evades any cynicism and leaves you in a state of joy.
— Silas Lesnick (@silaslesnick) November 30, 2018
And those weren’t the only words of praise for the cast:
— Marc Malkin (@marcmalkin) November 30, 2018
— Bryan Intihar (@bryanintihar) November 30, 2018
#MaryPoppinsReturns is the warm, cozy comfort weight blanket we need right now – prescribed self-care that swaddles us in heartfelt sentiments. It respectfully balances nostalgia & modern tech, creating a joyful, eye-popping & immersive fantasy world. Emily Blunt is perfect. pic.twitter.com/WkRvfBfNeu
— Courtney Ho-Ho-Howard (@Lulamaybelle) November 30, 2018
#MaryPoppinsReturns THE MAGIC IS BACK Emily Blunt is just perfection as Mary Poppins & every time she’s on screen I couldn’t help but have this big ole smile, the 2-D animation segment is BEAUTIFUL. The film gave me the magical feeling I felt the first time I went to Disneyland pic.twitter.com/bLnamKbPLN
— Zach Pope (@popetheking) November 30, 2018
However, not everyone was so blown away. From mixed reviews:
I know I’m probably going to be in the minority but I didn’t love #MaryPoppinsReturns. It’s crowdpleasing but paint by numbers. Great production design, good music, Rob Marshall’s Stagey musical performances. Has moments of greatness but mostly not for me.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) November 30, 2018
To lukewarm ones:
— Matt Goldberg (@MattGoldberg) November 30, 2018
! MARY POPPINS RETURNS !
Was just all right! Hyper faithful to the original (in a good way) but not the sort of sequel that upgrades the material in any satisfying way.
I’ll take it. The original is one of the finest films of all time. A notch above decent is good enough 4ME.
— Jon Negroni (@JonNegroni) November 30, 2018
To, sadly, boredom:
Sigh. I didn't love #MaryPoppinsReturns. I was bored for the most part and, as a HUGE musical theater geek, the music was so-so. It lacked a song that just sticks to your soul. BUT Emily Blunt is fantastic, kids will love it & it will make a ton of money. Review on Cosmo soon!
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) November 30, 2018
You can see what you think when Mary Poppins Returns opens on December 19th.