27 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s no surprise that Mary Poppins Returns is a pitch-perfect movie-musical experience: If you had a classic Disney storyline and got Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep together on a soundstage and messed it up, then what are you even doing? Fifty-four years after the first Mary Poppins was released, this casting director’s dream lineup gives the nanny a refresh, in most cases hewing as reverentially close to the original’s spirit as possible. The soundtrack, which comprises expository tunes from the film and its score, pops with fun cameos (such as one from original cast member Dick Van Dyke), Blunt’s witty, enunciated charm (check the Julie Andrews-channelling “Can You Imagine That?”) and Miranda having all kinds of intentionally off-centre, Cockney-accented fun (injecting a little Hamilton-esque flavour into the ensemble piece “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”). But it’s composer Marc Shaiman’s majestic instrumentals that give the soundtrack its real sense of magic, punctuating those moments in between the lines and evoking feelings of whimsy, mischief and wonder.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s no surprise that Mary Poppins Returns is a pitch-perfect movie-musical experience: If you had a classic Disney storyline and got Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Angela Lansbury and Meryl Streep together on a soundstage and messed it up, then what are you even doing? Fifty-four years after the first Mary Poppins was released, this casting director’s dream lineup gives the nanny a refresh, in most cases hewing as reverentially close to the original’s spirit as possible. The soundtrack, which comprises expository tunes from the film and its score, pops with fun cameos (such as one from original cast member Dick Van Dyke), Blunt’s witty, enunciated charm (check the Julie Andrews-channelling “Can You Imagine That?”) and Miranda having all kinds of intentionally off-centre, Cockney-accented fun (injecting a little Hamilton-esque flavour into the ensemble piece “Trip a Little Light Fantastic”). But it’s composer Marc Shaiman’s majestic instrumentals that give the soundtrack its real sense of magic, punctuating those moments in between the lines and evoking feelings of whimsy, mischief and wonder.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

Alix Baker ,

Evidently everything is possible, even the impossible.

The film and soundtrack is spectacular, beautifully composed with magical lyrics providing the surge of Disney magic. Whilst the soundtracks and films have minimal, interlinking comparison, Mary Poppins Returns casts a new line of hope for Mary Poppins and new Disney Fans alike. Julie Andrews is legendary, but Emily Blunt meets the title with equal measure. ❤️🎉

Horatio Guttersnipe ,

Astonishing, masterful and blissfully magical

Marc Shaiman has often been utilised as the ‘go to composer’, who can reliably provide an uplifting or highly energising musical number, we all know his work, delighting our ears with his musical rearrangements for the Sister Act (movies), Hocus Pocus’ main song “I Put a Spell on You”, South Park the Movie’s outrageous songs and everything Hairspray! Hearing that he was going to be the key musical force behind Poppins came as no surprise, his life has been leading towards this project and he delivers masterfully. This soundtrack stands up as a joyful contribution to the Poppins world and even compliments the original, which I didn’t think could be possible. It’s a refreshing treat hearing such a lovingly produced, genuinely magical album!

macweert ,

Practically Perfect In Every Way!!

Beautiful. The score, the costumes, the storyline absolutely amazing.