Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins Returns praised as ‘practically perfect in every way’ by critics after early previews

EMILY Blunt’s Mary Poppins Returns has been praised as ‘practically perfect in every way’ by critics after early previews.

The long-awaited sequel, starring Meryl Streep, hits cinemas in December and held its premiere in LA this week.

Emily Blunt is to star as the iconic P.L. Travers character, Mary Poppins, in a revamped version of the 1964 film due in cinemas by Christmas
Emily Blunt stars as the iconic P.L. Travers character, Mary Poppins, in a revamped version of the 1964 film
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And it seems that the return of the magical nanny is set to be a smash hit with critics calling it a ‘show-stopper’.

Some have even said it is in the running for an Oscar with writer and director Ben Mekler, tweeting: ‘The Oscar race just got a BIG shake-up, because #MaryPoppinsReturns is sheer joy.”

Frozen star Josh Gad wrote: “Believe the hype. Wow.”

Rotten Tomatoes Editor Jacqueline Coley said the “awards landscape has been turned on its head” after watching the film, calling it an “instant classic”.

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Emily Blunt wows as magical nanny Mary Poppins in the hit film’s sequel
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Fans can see Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins in cinemas in December

And critic Kyle Arango wrote: “Mary Poppins Returns is practically perfect in every way.
“I felt as if I was transported to a world where anything is possible.”

Film Critic Zach Pope said the “magic is back” and film-maker EJ Moreno added: “The film is a showstopper.”

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Exciting clips from the new trailer show Mary Poppins entertaining the children in the hit film
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Emily Blunt can be seen with Mary Poppin’s magical umbrella
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Cockney dancers and chimney sweeps star in Mary Poppins Returns

Emily, 35, stars as the iconic Mary with Ben Whishaw, 37, Emily Mortimer, 46, Colin Firth, 58, and Meryl Streep, 69.

Dick Van Dyke, a star of the original 1964 film, makes a cameo.

But Dick, 92 — chimney sweep Bert in the first film — insisted he would not be reviving his ridiculed “Cockney” accent.

He will instead be portraying elderly bank boss Mr Dawes Jr.

The original Mary, Dame Julie Andrews, 82, won’t be making an appearance.

The sequel to the acclaimed 1964 film Mary Poppins is set in 1930s London, 25 years after the original.

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Dick Van Dyke will return for a cameo in Mary Poppins Returns
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Dick Van Dyke dances in the bank as he makes an amusing cameo in Mary Poppins Returns
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Magical scenes from the new Mary Poppins Returns trailer
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Emily Blunt shows off her stiff upper lip in trailer for Mary Poppins Returns
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The film sees Mary Poppins, the former nanny of Jane and Michael Banks, re-visiting them after a family tragedy.

Michael still lives in the house on Cherry Tree Lane, but with his three children – Annabel, John, and George, and a housekeeper named Ellen.

When Michael suffers a personal loss, Mary returns to the Banks family with street lamplighter Jack, and eccentric cousin Topsy.

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