Mary Poppins Then vs. Now


The return of Jane and Michael Banks from the old Disney film, “Mary Poppins Returns” directed by Rob Marshall, shows the two Banks children as grown up individuals. The two siblings struggle with the same adult problems. Michael has his own family consisting of two elder twins, John and Anabel, and a younger son named Georgie. About a year ago, Michael’s wife, Kate had passed away and the family has not been the same since her death.

The movie takes place during the Great Slump in Britain. On an ordinary day, two men come to the Banks’ house with a letter from the banker, William Wilkins. William is secretly trying to take the Banks’ house away so that he can have the house for himself. But an unaware Michael does not realize his scheme and is doing everything he can to come up with the money they need to save their home. William tells Michael they only have a week to get the money or they are going to be evicted.

Jane and Michael remember that their father had shares in many stocks and they can find the certificate, the amount of money earned will be enough to keep their house back. The children find out that the two men from the bank want to take their home and feel as if it is their problem to deal with to save their family. During all of this, Michael is oblivious to how he is acting around the children and does not realize that they are just trying to help him.

Then the mystical and independent Mary Poppins comes down from the sky to the Banks’ family, offering to help the children. Her entrance is just as iconic as it was in the original. The movie portrays the same idea of Mary Poppins coming to turn Michael into a family man, making him believe once again to reviving the childish ways out of the children. She does this by being their nanny, just like she had in the original film. The new film has more of an impactful story line while keeping the same idea as the first movie.

“I think it’s really cool that Disney is making sequels to some of the classics,” sophomore Jessa Vangorp said. “I think we should still watch the old ones and not forget them or replace them with the new ones.”

Mary Poppins is played by Julie Andrews in the original film and by Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns.” The original movie came out on August 27, 1964 and the other one came out on December 19, 2018.

“In my opinion I prefer Julie Andrews better as Mary Poppins because she is one of the most well known and loved actresses; she is also a very classy and poised woman,” junior Paul Valdivia said.

Both of the films include iconic Disney songs like in the original, “Super‐cali‐fragil‐istic‐expi‐ali‐docious” and “A Spoonful of Sugar” and the new film it feature the songs “Overture” and “Can You Imagine That?” The movies also have multiple surprise cameos from the original cast including Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Junior, the bankers uncle and Angela Lansbury as the Balloon Lady.

“I liked the end scene with the balloons the best because throughout the scene it made me feel happy and the song was really well written,” sophomore Kate Keating said. “I enjoyed the newer [movie] better because the quality and special effects were better in it and I liked the music in the newer one.”