Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

Must needs we make a film depicting her
return to help the kids she helped before,
if it be just an almost shot-for-shot
repeat of the orig'nal? Em'ly Blunt
of course provides compelling acting but
the songs are weak and uninspired, the plot
e'en worse (it drags because we know too well
what must occur), and neither Lin Manuel
's charm (not inconsid'rable)
nor even Dick Van Dyke himself (he makes
a brilliant cameo) can save the day.
Now Hollywood must start to make amends;
begin to wean itself from ill-conceived,
half-hearted sequels, prequels, reboots all
and find a way to make orig'nal stuff
once more; on this our culture's fate depends.

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