Mary Poppins Returns - 2018

Mary Poppins Returns - 2018
Movie Info

Rating: PG


Age-appropriateness: many uses of magic


Overview: A few decades after her original visit, Mary Poppins, the magical nanny, returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.


Themes: role model, mentorship, compassion, death/grieving, family, purpose/calling, imagination, adventure, hope, love, encouragement, optimism, greed

The Quick 3

Ask these quick questions to hit the major themes of the film.

1. Magic. What are the differences between Mary Poppins and Jesus? How are they similar?

  • Mary Poppins uses all sorts of magic. She had the ability to do a lot of incredible things. Although the magic she used was just pretend, our God is actually all-powerful, for real! Jesus is capable of doing anything - there are no limits to His power. Matthew 19:26 says, "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'"

  • Here's an article about How to Talk to Your Kids About Magic.


2. Optimism. How optimistic would you describe yourself? Do you have anyone in your life that helps you see things in a positive perspective?

  • Mary Poppins teaches the kids to hold onto their hopes and dreams, even when it's hard to do. She continually speaks hope and wonder into their lives. She assures them that they can remain hopeful for a brighter tomorrow. Mary Poppins helped the kids look at things from an optimistic perspective.


3. Jesus. What do you think it means to follow Jesus? How might He provide light when you find yourself in a dark or difficult place in life?

  • "Trip a Little Light Fantastic". Jack sings about the fact that when he finds himself in darkness, he looks for a light to guide him onto the right path. Jack focused on following the light. He knew if he just focused on the light, he'd be able to find  the right path. John 8:12 says, "Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'"

After The Movie Discussion Guide

Follow this 5-10 minute discussion guide to drive an in-depth conversation.

1. Mary Poppins uses all sorts of magic. She had the ability to do a lot of incredible things. Although the magic she used was just pretend, our God is actually all-powerful, for real! Jesus is capable of doing anything - there are no limits to His power. Matthew 19:26 says, "Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" What are the differences between Mary Poppins and Jesus? How are they similar?


2. Michael's wife, Kate, passed away. Michael and his three children are still grieving the loss of the one they love. Have you ever lost someone that you loved? How were you able to grieve that lost?

  1. Here's an article on How to Talk to Your Kids About Death/Grieving


3. Mary Poppins teaches the kids to hold onto their hopes and dreams, even when it's hard to do. She continually speaks hope and wonder into their lives. She assures them that they can remain hopeful for a brighter tomorrow. Mary Poppins helped the kids look at things from an optimistic perspective. How optimistic would you describe yourself? Do you have anyone in your life that helps you see things in a positive perspective?


4. Michael works as a banker, even though his true passion is painting. He says he is truly an artist, but also has to make money to support his family. What are you most passionate about in life? What do you think you've been called to do?

Minute By Minute Guide

Use this break down of the entire movie in addition to the “After the Movie” discussion guide. Great for repeat viewings.

:13 Michael and Jane discuss the possibility of Michael losing his home to the bank. Michael loves his family and wants to support them without making them worry. How must Michael be feeling in this moment? Have you ever had a moment when it felt overwhelming and like everything was falling apart?


:28 "Can You Imagine That?" John explains that if something doesn't make sense, then it cannot be true. Mary Poppins goes on to explain the wonders our our imagination. Do you like to play pretend and use your imagination? What are your favorite things to imagine?


:39 Wilkins lies to Michael and Jane. He actually throws some of Michael's important documents in the fire. Wilkins was being very dishonest, pretending to be friendly with Michael and Jane. Proverbs 11:3 says, "Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people." Have you ever found out that someone was being dishonest with you? Why do you think dishonesty might bring destruction?


:49 "A Cover Is Not the Book". Mary Poppins and Jack sing about how our first impression of something or someone isn't always the most accurate. We sometimes judge people on the outside before getting to know them. God cares about far more than what the "cover of the book" looks like. 1 Samuel 16:7 says, "But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Do you ever judge people by what they look like on the outside? How can you get to know that person better?


1:09 Mary Poppins brings the kids to Topsy, who fixes broken things. Our God is also someone who fixes broken things. God saw us, in our sinfulness and in our brokenness, and He did something about it. God loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son to make a way for us to be with God again. Psalm 147:3 says, "He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds." When was the last time you felt brokenhearted? Did you invite God into your life to help heal you?


1:19 Wilkins reiterated that he cares more about getting the remarkable house than he cares about Michael Banks. Rather than help out a family in need, Wilkins can only think about himself and his own desires. He is proving to be very greedy. Greed is having a selfish desire for money and toys. Have you ever found yourself feeling greedy? What things do you sometimes care more about than you care about other people?


1:23 "Trip a Little Light Fantastic". Jack sings about the fact that when he finds himself in darkness, he looks for a light to guide him onto the right path. Jack focused on following the light. He knew if he just focused on the light, he'd be able to find  the right path. John 8:12 says, "Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, 'I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.'" What do you think it means to follow Jesus? How might He provide light when you find yourself in a dark or difficult place in life?


1:34 The kids sing about how they haven't really lost their mom forever, even though she did pass away. Because of Jesus, we have hope that we will be reunited with our loved one in heaven one day. If we put our faith in Jesus, we are promised to have eternal life: to live forever in heaven, where there is no pain and there is no sin. How does this reality of heaven change the way you think about death?


1:50 Michael comes to terms with the fact that he'd lose his house. He says that he has everything he ever needs with his family. His family is the most important thing to him. If you lost all of your things in life, what would be the most important? Would you still be happy if all you had was Jesus and your family?