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Movie Review: Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Arrives (now on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, DVD & Digital)

 

Available today on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra, DVD and Digital is the sequel to Disney’s Maleficent, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. 

The film stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sam Riley, Ed Skrein, and Imelda Staunton.

This film picks up a few years after the original movie. Aurora is now the Queen of the Moors. Maleficent watches over her as her protector.

Prince Phillip of the neighboring Ulstead has fallen in love with Aurora and proposes to her (she says “yes”). This does not sit well with Maleficient, especially because the people of Ulstead fear her and are against the fairies and creatures that call the moors their home.

Phillip’s parents, King John and Queen Ingrith, host a special dinner to celebrate their engagement. King John is excited that two kingdoms will unit, in hopes of peace between them.

Aurora begs Maleficent to join them. She begrudgingly agrees.

Dinner does not go well. The Queen makes comments that anger Maleficent. Maleficent goes into a rage and seemingly curses King John, causing him to fall into a deep sleep, similar to what happened to Aurora when she pricked her finger on the cursed spinning wheel.

Maleficent flees after Aurora refuses to leave with her.

Angelina Jolie is Maleficent in Disney’s MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL.

Outside the castle Maleficent is shot and falls into the ocean. There she is rescued by a mysterious being, who takes her back to where he lives, and takes care of her wounds.

Maleficent is now faced with something she never expected. She learns about what happened to her kind. All of this enrages her, and she plans to attack the castle and destroy Ulstead, even if Aurora is there. Aurora is a human, and Maleficent is against all humans for what they did to her and her kind.

What happens when Maleficent attacks Ulstead? Who will will? What secrets will be uncovered? Can Aurora stop things before it’s too late? To find out, you need to pick up a copy of Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I really enjoyed the original film. I was looking forward to seeing this sequel.

This film employs the same interesting creatures as the first film. This time around there are a lot more enchanted creatures, including some new ones that are important to this film’s story line (the dark Feys).

The special effects in this film are really enjoyable. I especially loved it when Maleficent turned into a dragon. In the original Disney film she was a dragon. I have been waiting to see her transformation.

This film is visually stunning. Not only are the landscapes beautifully and very realistic, the lovely creatures that live in the moors are lovely to look at. I think this film is even more visually beautiful than the original film.

Elle Fanning is Aurora in Disney’s live-action MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL

I enjoyed the story line. You could tell right away that Queen Ingrith was up to no good. I wasn’t really sure what she was creating initially, but further on into the story line the movie explains what she is creating in more detail.

I don’t think the film was that predictable. Some instances it was, but for the most part I didn’t know what was going to happen until it happened.

I really enjoyed the film. I think it was a nice sequel to the original film. It makes me curious to see if there will be a third installment. The movie eluded tot he fact that there could be one (maybe if/when Aurora and Philip have a baby?).

There are plenty of bonus features with this film. My husband and I watched the digital copy, so I didn’t get the chance to watch the bonus features. Bonus features include;

  • Extended Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Aurora’s Wedding
  • Behind the Scenes Look at the Magic of Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  • And more!

Look for Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil where ever movies are sold.

In celebration of the release, MultiCultural Maven has created a how-to guide to making your own flower crown, inspired by the film. Check out the instructions below. Click here(Maleficent Flower Crown Craft) for a .PDF copy of the activity (easier to read).

You’ll find the film’s trailer below for your enjoyment.

Be sure to follow the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The official hashtag is #Maleficent.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Fun New Toys from Disney

 

I truly miss my kids being little. I had so much fun picking out toys to gift them from “Santa.” I enjoyed it more than shopping for adults.

My husband and I never really followed trends. We were not about to drive all over town, fight people for the last remaining toy, then wait on long lines to pay an over-inflated price just to own the “it” toy of the season. If it was something my kids truly wanted, we would get it for them after the holiday and give it to them as a “belated gift from mom and dad” for Christmas. Thankfully, my kids were never really cared about the “it” toys of the season either.

When it comes to buying toys, there is one brand that always puts out fun toys that kids love. They also offer so many varieties to suit kids of all ages, as well as their interests. That brand is Disney.

I love Disney. I love the Disney stores. Even as adults, my husband an I always visit the Disney store when ever we are at the mall. Sometimes we buy things for others, as well as ourselves. I’ve been known to buy a plush toy (or two) every now and then. I also like some of the figurines which I use to adorn my desk (my desk looks like a toy store).

Here are some examples of toys that are available this year from Disney. You can purchase these toys at many retail locations across the country.

Ultimate Arendelle Castle

Licensee: Hasbro
SRP: $199.99

Inspired by Disney’s new movie, Frozen 2, the Ultimate Arendelle Castle is a feature-filled fashion doll playset for young fans of the movies! Open the gorgeous gates and explore the castle’s 4 floors consisting of 7 rooms: kitchen, music room, and throne room on the first floor, a vanity room and bedrooms for Anna and Elsa dolls (not included), a library on the third floor, and a lookout tower on top. The Frozen castle is 5 feet tall and 4 feet wide and includes 14 accessories to fill it up, like a piano, throne, banquet table, vanity, sofa, and more to play out fun scenes in each room. When kids push the button on the moving balcony, they can see a colorful light show inspired by the Northern Lights! Pull out the extending carpet in front of the throne to complete the royal décor. This majestic castle makes a great a holiday gift or birthday present for kids ages 3 and up who love the magical world of Frozen!

Oh my goodness! I want this play set! I love it.

Anna’s Ice Canoe Expedition

Licensee: LEGO
SRP: $19.99
Available: Oct. 4 at LEGO.com, Amazon, Target, Walmart and Kohl’s

Take a trip along the river in the enchanted forest, far from Arendelle, in a special adventure canoe with your favorite Disney characters, Anna and Olaf! Pull up to the riverbank to feed the cute bunny, then have fun playing together on the seesaw and whizz down the ice slide into the river. But be careful not to wake up the earth giant who’s sleeping by the river!

STAR WARS ULTIMATE D-O INTERACTIVE DROID – $149.99

(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: Starting at $149.99/Available: Fall 2019)

Cobbled from odds and ends in the workshop of a droidsmith, D-O is an impressionable little roller that becomes fixated upon BB-8! The ULTIMATE D-O INTERACTIVE DROID lets kids and fans display and play with a replica that has a self-balancing wheel, multiple modes of play, moving head and antennas, and features light-up LED eyes, sound effects, and premium deco inspired by STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. Drive D-O around using the free downloadable app, or play in one of multiple modes, whether D-O is resting in the included docking station or rolling around on the floor! When using the ball, Ultimate D-O will play in Follow Mode and Chase Mode. This interactive droid has premium deco, so it looks great on shelves while displayed in the docking station. With the ULTIMATE D-O INTERACTIVE DROID, bring the fun and magic of the STAR WARS saga home! Includes droid, ball, USB charge cable, and removable docking station. Requires 1 3.7V 500mAh LiPO battery, included (non-replaceable). Also requires 2 1.5V AAA batteries.

Available exclusively at Target and Target.com.

 

STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES SUPREME LEADER KYLO REN FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER – $299.99

(HASBRO/Age: Adult/Approx. Retail Price: $299.99/Available: Fall 2019)

Fans can imagine the biggest battles in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER with the STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES SUPREME LEADER KYLO REN FORCE FX ELITE LIGHTSABER. The real metal hilt features design and deco based on KYLO REN’S iconic Lightsaber featured in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, and STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER. 80 LED lights and movie-inspired sound effects make this the most realistic FORCE FX LIGHTSABER yet. Slide and press buttons on the hilt to activate progressive ignition, battle clash effect, molten glow effect, and unstable plasma effect. Proudly display this Lightsaber on the included stand, with or without the removable blades, and show off the included collectible coin. Includes lightsaber, stand, and coin. Requires 3 1.5V AA batteries, not included.

Available at most major retailers.

I was sent some other fun Disney toys to check out. Both are available this holiday season.

Minnie Mouse and Fifi Pet Bath Play Set

MSRP: $24.95
Available: Now
Licensee: shopDisney | Disney Store
Retailer: shopDisney.com

Even Fifi enjoys bath day with Minnie’s pet bath play set. A real, working sprayer and faucet makes the most of this tub time opportunity. Watch what happens when Fifi changes color in warm water!

This is a super adorable play set. First and foremost, Fifi is the cutest! I love her happy smile and adorable eyelashes.

This play set comes with everything you need to bathe Fifi and make her look pretty – tub, two hair clips, brush, shampoo bottle, sponge, and towel. And of course Fifi!

The shampoo bottle is make believe. There is no shampoo inside.

To use this set, simply add some water, and using the working faucet and sprayer, bathe Fifi.

The cool thing is that Fifi changes color with warm water.

After her bath, towel dry Fifi, brush her ear fur and add some pretty hair clips. Now Fifi looks really pretty.

This set has a lot of detail to it. I love the “H” and “C” tub knobs to represent Hot and Cold. I also like how colorful it is and the sparkly hair clips.

I would recommend placing a towel under this toy as I’m sure young children might be a bit messy with it (older children would probably be OK).

Children can even take Fifi in the bath with them and give her a bath there as well.

This would be a fun toy to teach little ones how to properly bathe themselves by practicing bathing FiFi.

Too cute!

Look for the Fifi Bath Set at ShopDisney.com.

Another fun toy I was sent was a Disney Princess Fashion toy.

Disney Princess Fashion Dolls
MSRP: $9.99
Available: Now
Licensee: Hasbro

The Princess fashion dolls are ready for shimmering adventures with your little princess! Wearing her classic outfit with a new twist, Royal Shimmer dazzles in a signature-colored gowns with glitter print details. Your little dreamer will love playing out magical moments from Disney’s movies, as well as imagining her own fairy tale.

The Princess Fashion Dolls are available for every Princess (at least all I can think of).

I was sent Cinderella. She’s one of my favorite Princesses.

This is a beautiful doll. She has such a pretty face.

What I really like about this doll is how sparkly she is. She sparkles all over – from the bottom of her dress to her tiara on top of her head.

You have to see this doll in person to see just about sparkly she is – but not in a bad way (sometimes sparking can be “overkill,” but not with this doll).

The “bodice” (is that what it’s called?) is made with reall interesting “gems” (for lack of a better description. The photo does not do it justice.

You can also make out the subtle sparkles in the rest of her dress (skirt). Hopefully you can see them in the photo (below).

Look for the Disney Princess Fashion Dolls at Target.

These are just some of the wonderful toys from Disney.

Disney toys can be found at many retail locations across the country (some are listed above with the toys).

What do you think about these toys? Are there any that your child/grandchild might like?

Kimberly

 

*I received free products to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Disney’s Lion King – Now Available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

 

Disney’s live-action remake of one of their most loved films, Lion King, is available TODAY on Blu-ray, DVD and on digital.

I am a HUGE Disney movie fan. I have been for as long as I can remember.

Growing up, a local movie theater would show Disney films all summer long. They would show a different movie each week, which afforded me the opportunity to see some of Disney’s all time classics – Snow White, Cinderella, Pinocchio, Fantasia, and even live-action films. Films that came out long before I was born.

Oh how I miss those days. I looked forward to seeing those Disney film’s week after week all summer long.

Since my youth, Disney has been making great entertainment year after year.

When I heard that Disney was turning one of the favorite films, Alice in Wonderland, into a live-action film, I was totally against it. After all, how were film makers going to turn all those crazy animated characters into live-action versions of themselves.

The Cheshire Cat from Disney’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland

Since then, Disney has out done it’s self movie after movie, turning beloved animated films into astounding live-action films. It seems like each film is better than the live-action remake that came out before it.

The Lion King is hands down one of my all time favorite animated Disney films. It has it all, adorable animals, great songs, a lot of action, and a great story plot. How in the world was Disney going to turn all of those animated characters into “live” versions of themselves?

Through the power of CGI (computer generated images), and other movie magic, Disney has created by far one of THE BEST live-action remake to date.

The live-action Lion King is available today for home viewing. If you haven’t seen the film yet, it’s a MUST SEE.

The 2019 Lion King follows along with the story line of the original film (animated version).

King Mufasa rules over the Pride Land. Him and his mate, Queen Sarabi, have a newborn cub that they name Simba. Simba will be next in line to rule the Pride Land after his father, much to the dismay of Mufasa’s brother, Scar.

Scar has it out for Simba because he wants to rule the Pride Land one day. His attempt to kill the cub fails, Scar next plots to eliminate both Simba and Mufasa. He manages to kill off Mufasa, but Simba survives. In effort to do away with the cub, he tells Simba that his father’s death was all his fault, and that he needs to leave the Pride Land, never to return. Simba believes his uncle and leaves.

 

Scar sends his “minions,” the hyenas, to go after Simba and kill him, but they fail to succeed. Simba lives and ends up in a desert where he meets two outcasts, a Meerkat named Timon and a warthog named Pumbaa. They take Simba under their wing and the trio live happily ever after in a desert oasis. Their motto in life is “hakuna matata,” which means “no worries” in Swahili.

Years go by and Simba grows into a beautiful young lion.

One day Pumbaa is attacked by a lioness. Simba is able to fend her off and rescue his friend. It is not until then that he realizes the lioness is Nala, his childhood friend from the Pride Lands.

Nala tells Simba how horrible the Pride Lands have become under Scars rule, and tried to talk him into returning and taking back the throne which rightfully belongs to him.

Will Simba return and take his rightful place as King of the Pride Lands? Will he remain in the oasis with his friends and live a carefree, worry free life? And what about Scar? What will Scar do if he learns that Simba is still alive? In order to find out the answers, you need to pick up, download or rent Lion King. Look for it where ever movies are sold or rented.

Throughout the film the characters sing a variety of songs. Some songs are from the original film (sung by new people) and there are new songs in the soundtrack as well, such as Beyonce’s “Spirit.”

One of the film’s most enjoyable songs is “Hakuna Matata.” Here is the song’s video for your enjoyment, as well as to give you a sneak peak at the AMAZING CGI.

Please note, this video doesn’t do the film justice. On the television, the colors are beautiful and the scenery looks so realistic that you would swear the film was filmed on the African plains.

 

See what I mean? A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

I applaud the film makers who painstakingly spend thousands of hours to make sure nothing was left undone in this film. From every movement of hair, to the way the leaves move in the wind… everything was taken into consideration.

I know that CGI is not perfect (nothing is), but the animals in this film are as close to looking like the real things than any other movie I have seen to date. I think I sat there in total awe when I watched the film. It’s stunning!

I enjoyed the original songs from the original film. Who knew Seth Rogen could sing.

There are a lot of must-see bonus features with the Blu-ray and digital copies of the film.

I know some people are not fans of watching bonus content. I enjoy watching it because it gives you a background look at the making of the film, which I always find fascinating.

Some of the must see content includes;

The Journey to “The Lion King.” There are different featurettes for this one that goes behind the scene of the music and magic that brought this film to life. You’ll also hear from the filmmakers and how the Lion King moved them.

There are music videos (“Spirit” and “Never Too Late”).  There are also a selection of some of the best songs from the film (as well as from the original film).

My favorite bonus feature is “Protect the Pride” which is about conservation efforts to help save the lions. If you watch even just one bonus feature, please watch this one. It’s so important that we do what we can to save the lions (and all other creatures) before they are driven to extinction. The last thing I want is for my future grandchildren and great-grandchildren to only read about lions in a book because lions are long gone.

Disney has truly outdone it’s self with the remake of the Lion King. I am so impressed with this film that I am excited for future live-action remakes of Disney classics.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment. This is the theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.

I found the film on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The official hashtag is #TheLionKing.

Did you see the remake of  the Lion King? What did you think about it? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Movie Review: Toy Story 4 – available on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K on October 8, 2019

 

My family and I love the Toy Story franchise. The original Toy Story was the first movie my husband and I saw together when we were dating. We even had Buzz and Woody “witness” a contract that we wrote. My husband loved the film so much that his God daughters bough him Buzz and Woody dolls. My husband and I wrote up a “contract” that we’d be together for 99 years, and we had Buzz and Woody “witness” it and size the contract. LOL! My husband still has 76 years to go. Ha Ha.

We’ve seen all of the Toy Story films. We’ve loved them all (the second one was the weakest). It’s hard not to fall in love with all of the characters in the film.

Toy Story 3 was released in 2010. It’s been 9 long years since we’ve seen a movie in the franchise. I was super excited to learn that there was a fourth movie in the works, and I couldn’t wait to see it. Sadly, we never had the chance to see it while it was in theaters. That’s OK because the film is now available for home viewing. Toy Story 4 is available  on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K on October 8, 2019. It’s already been available on digital.

I was sent a screener copy of the film to review.

It’s been years since the Toy Story gang have seen Andy. They have been with Bonnie since Andy gave them all to her.

Bonnie is growing up. She doesn’t play with her toys like she used to. Sadly, Woody seems to be played with less and less and spends more time in the closet watching her play with his friends.

Bonnie is about to start kindergarten. Begrudgingly, Bonnie has to attend a kindergarten orientation. While there, she finds herself scared and lonely. Using some arts and crafts supplies, Bonnie creates a character out of trash that she names Forky. Bonnie finds is comforting to have her new friend Forky with her.

Woody sees how important Forky is to Bonnie and promises to keep it safe for her sake.

The week before kindergartens starts, Bonnie and her parents go on a road trip. The entire group of characters goes with her – Buzz, Mr. & Mrs. Potatohead, Rex, Slinky, Hamm and others. Woody and Forky are also along for the ride.

While on the road trip, Forky escapes and Woody takes it upon himself to find him and bring him back before Bonnie notices that he’s gone.

Woody does find Forky, and the duo make their way back to the RV park where Bonnie and her family are, in hopes of getting there before Bonnie notices. Along the way they come across an antique store. Woody thinks his long lost love, Bo Peep, might be there after he notices her lamp in the window.

Inside the shop they meet up with a doll named Gabby and Vincent, her puppet friend. Gabby is up to no good. Woody flees, but Forky is help captive.

At one point Woody finds himself at a playground where he meets up with Bo Peep, who is now a part of a group known as the lost toys. Bo Peep is happy not to belong to a child anymore. Her and her friends enjoy their freedom.

Bo Peep offers to help Woody get Forky. In the meantime, the other friends do what they can to stall the family from leaving, giving Woody time to find Buzz and Forky before it’s too late.

Will Woody be able to get Forky back to Bonnie in time? Will Bo Peep go back with Woody and be a toy that belongs to Bonnie? To find out, you need to pick up a copy of Toy Story 4. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

I LOVED this film. It’s a great film. Dare I say that I loved this as much as the original film.

Make sure that you have tissues when you watch this film. Trust me. I won’t go into details, but I was shocked at how the film ended and it broke my heart.

Be sure to watch through the end credits too. There are additional scenes within the end credits.

I love the new characters introduced in this film. Giggle McDimples is adorable and Duck & Bunny are funny.

I was surprised to learn that the new character of Duke Caboom was voice by Keanu Reeves.

There are a lot of famous actors and actresses who lend their voices to this film. All of the original cast is back (Tim Allen, Tom Hanks…). In this film you also have Keanu, Christina Hendricks, Jordan Peele, Annie Potts, Carl Weathers, Patricia Arquette, Flea, Betty White and Jeff Garlin, to name a few. It seems like a lot of celebrities are fans of the franchise and what to take part of it.

Of course there are a lot of great bonus features worth checking out.

          Blu-ray & Digital:

‘Toy Stories – The Toy Story 4 cast and crew share their love of toys!

Woody & Buzz – Take a look at the relationship between these two legendary characters.

Bo Rebooted – Discover how Team Bo reimagined all aspects of Bo Peep’s identity to arrive at the fully realized character seen in the film.

Toy Box – Enjoy a collection of mini-docs on the film’s memorable new characters, featuring the voice actors, director Josh Cooley and Pixar artists talking about the many elements that make these characters fun and lovable

Let’s Ride With Ally Maki – Ally Maki, voice of Giggle McDimples, learns all about Pixar’s dialogue recording process from director Josh Cooley and his team.

Deleted Scenes introduced by director Josh Cooley including:

  • Scamming Playtime
  • Bo Knows Hippos
  • Desperate Toys
  • Knock-Offs
  • Recruit Duke
  • She’s The One

Audio Commentary, Trailers and more!

Digital Exclusive:

Anatomy of a Scene: Prologue – Filmmakers and crew review key scenes of the movie and dissect the practical and technological methods used to bring them to life.

Additional Deleted scene -Bonnie’s Playtime

I haven’t had the opportunity to watch them yet, but I plan on it because I enjoy getting a behind the scenes look at films.

Look for the film on social media. The official hashtag is #ToyStory4.

Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The

Enter to win a Toy Story 4 Blu-ray Combo Pack (giveaway ends on 10/12/19)

 

Are you a fan of the Toy Story movie franchise? Me and my family are. In fact, the very first movie my husband and I saw when we started dating was the first Toy Story film. I think that is part of the reason why we love the franchise so much, the other part being that the characters are endearing and the movies are a lot of fun.

We’ve seen the first film and the third film in the movie theater. The second film we didn’t get a chance to see until it came on television. So far the first film is my all time favorite, followed closely by the third film. The second film is my least favorite of the three.

Sadly, we never had the opportunity to see Toy Story 4 when it came out in the theater. We had every intention of going, but it never worked out. Thankfully, Toy Story 4 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and I believe 4K, on October 8, 2019 (that’s next Tuesday!). The film is already available on digital.

Here is your theatrical trailer for your enjoyment. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

I can’t wait to see it! I’m especially looking forward to “meeting” Forky. I’ve already seen kids at school make Forky out of plastic forks and Play Doh. Too cute! He’s pictured in the top photo, as well as in the trailer. 

Check out Toy Story on Facebook and Twitter. They are also on Instagram.

In honor of the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD, I have a Blu-ray combo pack to give away to a lucky reader. The combo pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy of the film, so you can watch it where ever and when ever you want.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 12, 2019. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

To enter, please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this giveaway?

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated in any way for this post. The opinions expressed are my own. The sponsor will be providing the prize package.

Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns – Available TODAY on Blu-ray & DVD

 

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD is the Academy Award nominated film Mary Poppins Returns. The film is also available on digital. This is a sequel of sorts to Disney’s original Mary Poppins that stared Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. It’s cast also includes Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, Mark Addy, and Chris O’Dowd, to name a few.

The film starts many years after the original film. In the original film one of the children was Michael Banks. Fast forward to this film – Michael Banks now lives in his childhood home. He is a widower with three children – Annabel, John and Georgie. He also resides with his sister Jane, who was also a child in the original film.

Michael works for Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. He also has a loan with them that he hasn’t paid back in full yet. Unfortunately the banks’s corrupt new chairman plans on repossessing Michael’s childhood home that he resides in if the loan is not paid in full by the end of the week.

Michael can pay off the loan if he can locate missing share certificate that his father had left for him and his sister. The only problem is, he has no clue where it can be.

While searching for the missing certificate, Michael comes across a kite from his childhood. It doesn’t seem to have any sentimental value to him, so he simply tosses it out.

Meanwhile, Micheal’s children are playing in a local park when they happen upon the kite. They decide to fly the kite. While flying the kite a mysterious woman descends from the sky with the kite in her hands. It’s Mary Poppins. She has returned. She also insists on being the nanny for the Banks children (in the same vein as the original film).

As you can imagine, Mary Poppins takes the Banks children on several magical adventures, including one where little Georgie is kidnapped and his siblings have to rescue him.

Are they just a dream, or is Mary Poppins really taking the children into other dimensions?

Joining them on their adventures with Mary Poppins is a “lamp lighter” named Jack (similar to the chimney sweeper Bert in the original film).

Meanwhile, Michael and Jane are desperate to find the missing share certificate, as well as trying to find a way to pay off the loan before Friday. They even go so far as to try and sell personal possessions.

Will the Banks family be able to pay off the loan, or find the missing share certificate, before it’s too late and they lose their childhood home? This time, does Mary Poppins stay with the Banks family, or does she disappear into the sky again? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Mary Poppins Returns, or rent it from your favorite rental service.

There are several bonus features available with this film (of course!), which include deleted scenes, a deleted song, a behind the scenes look at the making of the film, and much more. Admittedly I haven’t finished watching all of the bonus features (I only picked out a few to watch after we finished watching the film).

I am a huge fan of the Mary Poppins, so I found myself comparing this film to the original. DON’T DO THAT! Nothing will ever match the original. You need to look at this film with “fresh eyes.” Pretend you never saw the original film or you’ll spend more time comparing the two films, then actually appreciating Mary Poppins Returns on it’s own merit. Hopefully people know what I mean by that.

There are a lot of songs in this film, as one would expect. There must be about two dozen songs in this film. Some are brief (maybe a minute or two at best), and a few others are several minutes long. While I did enjoy many of the song and dance numbers, I felt like there were too many songs in the film. Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate musicals, but sometimes there are just too many songs. It’s like there was about the same amount of singing and dancing than actual acting.

I think the film makers did a good job casting Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins. She has some huge shoes to fill (Julie Andrews will always be Mary Poppins). Blunt always managed to look composed and proper, while giving off a hint of playfulness at the same time.

I was surprised to see so many well known actors in this film, like Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Julie Waters. I was also thrilled to see the appearance of Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. It would have been nice to see Julie Andrews, but I guess that would have been “easier said than done,” because she is Mary Poppins, and there would be no feasible way to explain why there are two of the iconic characters in the same film.

The animated sequences were nice. They payed homage to the original film. I think those were some of my favorite scenes from the film.

I think if you never saw the original Mary Poppins, that this film could easily stand on it’s own. Another words, you don’t need to know the backstory to appreciate this film. Although it made me want to watch the original Mary Poppins after viewing this film. You simply can’t beat the classic songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim, Chim, Cheree,” and “Super‐cali‐fragil‐istic‐expi‐ali‐docious.”

Overall we enjoyed the film (my husband and I). It’s certainly a fun, family film. I think it’s a great way to introduce classic Disney films to a whole new generation.

Below is the film’s theatrical trailer. The film is no longer in theaters.

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.