Entertainment July 3, 2018
You may have heard about a small indie sequel coming out this December. It’s called “Mary Poppins Returns” and it starts Emily Blunt as the famous flying nanny.
It’s a bit of a controversial decision since many people grew up with legend Julie Andrews and the original 1964 Disney film. There may be original-movie-fans who will not accept any other person in the role.
However, here are reasons why Blunt is the perfect new Mary Poppins.
You can check out Blunt’s comedic chops in movies such as “The Devil Wears Prada,” but it’s obvious that Blunt is just hilarious. Her interviews, where she describes her work and family, mix dry humor with great storytelling. It makes her a stand-out choice as the spunky and blunt (no pun intended) Mary Poppins.
It appears that she passed down her dry humor to her daughter Hazel, who has no qualms of being savage and blunt to her mother, revealed in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel (below).
Andrews is British. Blunt is British. Andrews married American filmmaker Blake Edwards. Blunt married American actor and filmmaker John Krasinski. They’re both Mary Poppins. See the pattern? It was meant to be.
In 2009, Blunt played the royal British icon Queen Victoria in the film “The Young Victoria.” Proud to be British, Blunt tells Jimmy Fallon in an interview that she prefers when her children take after her British accent (it’s “woh-teh,” not “wah-der”).
Mary Poppins must navigate the world of male privilege and authority with class and underlying sarcasm both in the original film, so she’ll most likely have to do it in the new one. Luckily, Blunt does sassy well and wears sarcasm like it was made for her. As everyone’s favorite savage sidekick Emily Charlton in cult-classic “The Devil Wears Prada,” Emily is a master at sassy sarcasm along with a killer outfit.
Her sarcasm might come in handy if her take on the role is any indication. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Blunt reveals that she chose to diverge from Andrews’ interpretation of Poppins, choosing a “more eccentric and frickin’ weird” interpretation, one that she developed from her reading of the books.
Disney, you’ve found your girl.
In 1965, Andrews won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for her performance in “Mary Poppins.” Blunt is also an award-winning actor. She’s been recognized for her performances in “Gideon’s Daughter,” “The Young Victoria,” “Into the Woods” and “Edge of Tomorrow,” just to name a few.
Following in the footsteps of Andrews would be intimidating for anybody, but we’re not worried. Blunt has proven herself time and time again that she has what it takes to put her own spin on the character.
One of the main attractions of the original “Mary Poppins” is the music. Luckily, Blunt has it covered. Blunt, who sang in the film “Into the Woods” as the baker’s wife, wowed audiences, including her husband. Krasinski, Blunt’s husband of eight years, told Vanity Fair that he “literally never heard her sing a note” before her “Into the Woods” recording session. He remembers the shock after he heard his wife sing, after which he “immediately wept.”
Blunt, a mother of two, often recounts funny moments as a mother. Just watch this interview with Jimmy Fallon (above) to see how much she glows when talking about her family.
She also worked with her husband on the recent horror hit “A Quiet Place,” which he also directed and wrote. Here, they play an on-screen couple for the first time.
There will always be the Andrews’ Mary Poppins, but anticipation is high for Blunt. Her revival of the iconic character with a personal twist hits theaters this Christmas.
As Poppins might say, “it’ll be absolutely supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
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