Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in "Mary Poppins Returns."
Disney via AP
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So it's sweet news that "Mary Poppins Returns" provides just that spoonful of happiness in the form of Emily Blunt, practically perfect as Julie Andrews' heir."Spit spot!" "Pish Posh!" "Jigetty Jog!" These Poppins-isms slip effortlessly off Blunt's tongue. It's no simple feat to gaze at one's reflection and say "practically perfect in every way" and not seem egotistical, but Blunt manages.Blunt's star power is complemented here by appealing turns from Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, a lamplighter who once worked for Bert the chimney sweep (aka Dick Van Dyke), Ben Whisham and Emily Mortimer as the elder Banks children, a slimy Colin Firth as a banker and a flame-haired Meryl Streep as Mary's Eastern European cousin Topsy. Then there's a cameo by Van Dyke himself, still spry at 92, that is hands down the emotional peak of the film.Mary's soon sliding up the banister again.
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