Monday, March 18, 2019

New on Blu-ray & DVD March 19, 2019 "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse"

Mary Poppins Returns
Starring: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manual Miranda

Rated PG   

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns” is a film audiences want to like. But when compared to the original 1964 film, the new sequel is out of its league.

At it's heart “Mary Poppins” and “Mary Poppins Returns” are musicals. But the musical score in “Mary Poppins Returns” is unmemorable at best.

Compare the new score to the original's score which included “Jolly Holiday,” “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Feed the Birds,” Chim Chim Cheree” and “Let's Go Fly a Kite,” all songs the audiences were humming as they left the movie theater in 1964.

The new film really lacks that big blockbuster song.

Also gone in “Mary Poppins Returns” is a sense of childhood whimsy and fun, as the new film is laden with sorrow in the first few moments of the movie.

Although Emily Blunt takes on the iconic role in earnest, her Mary Poppins is written to languish in the background, smiling and knowingly nod. She is hardly the protagonist we remember.

Lin-Manual Miranda plays 'Jack,' a new character taking the place of Dick van Dyke's 'Bert,' but again the character seems to be only added in to provide some songs here and there.
Mary Poppins Returns” is not unlikeable, but is is unremarkable.

It gets a C and is rated PG.

Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse
Starring the voices of: Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld
Rated PG   

Miles Morales becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality.

One of the few surprises in film last year, “Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse” is a white knuckle, action adventure film that will rivet you to your seat from beginning to end.

Along with a compelling and well thought out story, “Spider-Verse” is stunningly animated with amazing detail and is brilliantly presented.

For those reasons it brought home an Oscar for best animated feature.

It deserves an A and is rated PG.