The Mystery of Mary Poppins
There are a lot of questions about Mary Poppins in the original film that it never bothers to answer, and I certainly hope the sequel doesn’t try. The mystery of Mary, who she is and where she comes from, why she does the things she does, is part of her charm. There is no answer that is greater than our own imaginations.
Jane and Michael Banks
Jane and Michael Banks of 17 Cherry Tree Lane are the children in need of a nanny in the first film. Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep to take the job. From there we witness Mary Poppins and the children going on numerous adventures involving everything from floating on the ceiling to jumping inside a chalk drawing.
Saving Mr. Banks
The real story of Mary Poppins is about Mary using her magic as a means to help Jane and Michael reconnect with their father. Mr. Banks is an executive at a bank, and one who finds his life in perfect order when the movie begins. Of course, he has no relationship with his own children to speak of, so perhaps his life isn’t as well ordered as he thinks it is. Certainly, his priorities are skewed.
Fidelity Fiduciary Bank
An important portion of the original Mary Poppins story takes place around Mr. Banks’ place of work, Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Based on the plot synopsis that’s been released regarding Mary Poppins Returns, we know that the bank will play an important role once again. The last time around, Michael Banks accidentally started a run on the bank that resulted in his father losing his job. Michael wanted to spend his money on food to feed the birds, the bankers wanted to invest the coins.
In the original Mary Poppins, we’re introduced to Mr. Dawes Sr. and his son, Mr. Dawes Jr. Mr. Dawes Senior is the chairman of the bank where Jane and Michael’s father works. and Mr. Dawes Jr., who is quite old despite his name, is on that board as well. While Mr. Banks is fired from his position, he inadvertently makes a new one available to himself by telling Mr. Dawes Sr. a joke so funny that the old man dies laughing. It’s not quite as awful as it sounds. Still pretty dark though.
As characters go, Admiral Boom isn’t exactly the most important, but we’ve seen in the trailers that the old sailor is somehow still kicking, so I’d be doing him a disservice if he didn’t get a mention. The admiral lives next door to 17 Cherry Tree Lane. The roof of his home is made to look like one of the old sailing ships he previously served on, and he fires a cannon to mark the hour, every hour.