Directed by Rob Marshall. With Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer. 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.
AMC Santa Anita 16, Westfield Santa Anita, 400 S Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
Seat: Row TK, Seat TK
Much more darkly lit and dingy-looking than the original, some good songs (though none as great as the original), but tremendously still bright and uplifting. How can you not have some hope after watching this?
Dick Van Dyke stole the show at the end. Miranda’s accent was for crap, but he had a generally nice turn; I also liked the magic of the lamplighters in place of the chimney sweeps. Blunt didn’t seem to have the cute whimsy of Andrews’ Mary Poppins.