Mary Poppins is back and (spoiler alert!) 54 years later, she’s still practically perfect in every way.
“Mary Poppins Returns” (in theaters Wednesday) picks up about 20 years after the events of “Mary Poppins,” to 1930s Depression-era London. We find adult versions of Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw) as Michael, now the owner of his parents’ home, struggles to raise his three children after the death of his wife. But Mary, a familiar face (Emily Blunt, taking over Julie Andrews’ iconic role), re-emerges to help the family through a rough patch.
Although this new “Mary Poppins” is a sequel, not a remake, fans of the original film will catch a number of callbacks to the 1964 classic. We compiled the eight most practically perfect references:
1. Those nautically-inclined neighbors are still at it.
Remember the naval officers who fired off a cannon twice a day? They’re back. Both original actors have died, but David Warner and Jim Norton, respectively, revive Admiral Boom and Mr. Binnacle, who still seem to believe they’re in the middle of the ocean instead of on a London rooftop.