Why You Have To See 'Mary Poppins Returns'

Why You Have To See 'Mary Poppins Returns'

Mary Poppins Returns is truly unique in its ability to maintain the spirit of the original film while also breathing new life into it.


Mary Poppins, released in 1964, is among the Disney films I did not watch until my early teen years. Perhaps more than any other film I had watched until then, Mary Poppins stunned me and inspired me to look more closely at how films are made. If you know nothing about the production of Mary Poppins, allow me to assure that it was nothing short of spectacular and innovative.

Therefore, when I heard Mary Poppins would return to film in 2018, I was excited beyond words. If you are avoiding Mary Poppins Returns because you fear it will not live up to the original or because you suspect it may be a cheap retelling of a perfect tale, you may put those thoughts to rest.

Mary Poppins Returns is truly unique in its ability to maintain the spirit of the original film while also breathing new life into it. Although the cast is new, they each pay special homage to the original story, especially Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the Leery (Lamplighter) and Emily Blunt as the title character. Jane and Michael Banks, although grown, can be easily remembered as the children they were in the original film. Michael's children John, Annabel, and Georgie, while continuing the themes of innocence set forth by their young predecessors, also bring their own challenges to Mary Poppins.

It is impossible to witness the stunning visuals of the film without noticing the nods to the original. The choreography and costumes alike, though new, are undoubtedly inspired by the past. The music, my personal favorite part of Mary Poppins, perfectly manages to teach new lessons in the previously established style of Mary Poppins.

I find most notable Richard Sherman's (one of the original composers for Mary Poppins) role as a music consultant The willingness to include some of the creative genius, which made Mary Poppins, of Sherman and, briefly in the film, Dick van Dyke, demonstrates remarkable respect and appreciation of the past.

As always, Mary Poppins has a way of telling you whatever it is you most need to hear. Whether you need to remember that "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down," or "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" can be used to describe any big feeling, or that sometimes what's really important is taking the time to "feed the birds," Mary Poppins is there to remind you. Mary Poppins Returns does a profound job in continuing this special talent for telling the audience what basic fact of happiness they have likely been overlooking or forgetting for a very long time.

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Dear Seasonal Depression, I'm Ready For The Day When You're Out Of My Life

I don't want to lie in my bed for hours when my hobbies and friends are waiting for me.


Dear Seasonal Depression,

As the weather got colder I realized you made your return. The same time every year you begin to shut me down until spring peaks months later. And once that one semi-nice day that randomly appears in winter, you know, the one day where it's 55 degrees and sunny, I realize just how good the outside and fresh sunlight feels. That one fresh day in the middle of all this cold and snow reminds me that spring is coming soon and with it, your demise. So Seasonal Depression, so unbelievably ready for the end of winter and the end of you.

I'm ready for the days where I don't lie in bed for hours and hours on my days off and struggling to get up on time on the days that I work. I'm tired of staring at my phone screen for hours in my bed rather than doing anything productive at all, even for my own needs like eating breakfast or finally getting up to go to the bathroom. I'm thrilled for the days where a nap is just an hour because I'm a little tired, not three or four just to make the day go by quicker.

I'm ready for the days where I don't feel sluggish, the days where my energy is just so damn low, the days where I'm just exhausted all the time. I'm tired of just making it through the day, feeling agitated during all the times where I don't feel sad. And I'm equally tired of my lack of concentration lately since my mind wonders a lot more because of you.

I'm ready for the days where I can start sleeping well again. You see, Seasonal Depression, since you've arrived I've had just as much trouble falling asleep as I do getting up in the morning. My nights are spent being restless and overthinking pretty much every little thing since you've joined me.

I'm ready for the days where I can shed all the weight I put on because of you. You know, with the overeating and the stress eating, and the not being hungry for meals but for snacks late at night. I'm ready to walk the reservoirs, run on treadmills, bike the mountains, express the need to release all this energy I haven't had since you settled in with the cold.

I'm ready for the days where my love and interest in my hobbies can shine instead of sitting in the back of my head in the forms of hopeful ideas. I'm tired of never wanting to do the things I loved and I'm so ready to jump onto projects that I have been sitting on.

You see, Seasonal Depression, I'm really tired of you pulling me down. I don't want these feelings of emptiness and sadness, I don't want to lay in my bed for hours when my hobbies and friends are waiting for me, and I certainly don't want these thoughts that being dead would be better than this. I'm done with you soon. Once winter ends, you'll slowly fade away and I'll be able to smile just a little more every single day.

That is.... until you come back next year...

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Skipping Class In College Is Different Than Skipping Class In High School

I literally can't afford to miss class.


Starting college right out of high school is exhilarating. Especially if you move away from home. You feel free. You can do whatever you want. And even better, you choose your classes.

The real pain is actually going to class. I don't understand how I was able to wake up at 6am, be at school at 7:30 to 3:30 and go to drama club or sometimes work from 4-10 and STILL go home and do homework for 3 hours. After one semester in college, I can't even go to 3 1-hour classes without feeling exhausted.

There are times when you wake up, contemplating your whole existence. You ask yourself, "Do I REALLY want to graduate?" or maybe you even be like, "Dropping out sounds so good right now." And this is especially if you choose morning classes.

No one is there to force you to go to class.

You have to decide if it is worth it.

Some classes do take attendance, and you end up using all your skips anyways. But going to class really is a challenge. I, personally, feel more inclined to do something if my mom is making me do it.

However, here, no one is here to remind me. I then remember that I am paying for this and so I have to go. I think to myself that I don't want to be a disappointment so I force myself to go.

Missing one day, however, will kill you. Lessons move so fast, that you could blink and miss something that will be on your final.

In high school, you skip class, and first they call your parents. Sucks, right? But you can go back to the class the next day and still be learning what you were learning a week ago. You miss one day and people notice. Your teacher notices, your classmates notice. Your friends definitely notice. You have multiple classes a day where you see multiple people for multiple hours.

And more often than not, your teacher will always let you do make-up work.

I want the college experience to be exactly as it is now, BUT with more skip days. My mental tiredness is important too!

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