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Meryl Streep segment was not necessary and did not add anything to the film.


Loved the film but to me it's weakest element was the part with cousin Topsi, it just was very blah and the song was the least enjoyable of the film. It's just as if the only reason they added that part to the film was to squeeze Meryl Streep in there.

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Wonder if she took the part intended for Julie Andrews?

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The Balloon Lady was intended for Julie Andrews.

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Oh yeah Murder She Wrote bagged that instead lol (Andrews won't have wanted to do that)

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I thought it was a fun scene. I enjoyed it.

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Streep certainly added to my desire not to see this.

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But she looked damn good in Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. If i was Jesse i would've been tapping that instead of worrying about Grady

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i completely agree. waste of time

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For you.

I’m aware the best musicals (note: I’m no expert on them) have that one musical number that gets singled out and is generally considered the film’s weak point. Could this scene with Streep be the one most will agree was meh? Well, I know if you’re not particularly fond of Streep you’ll likely not care for it; mind you, you obviously don’t have to have anything against Streep to find it blah... I’m just sayin’. But Streep aside, I disagree with this sequence falling into that category.

Unnecessary? It was no more unnecessary than the scene where Jack climbed all the way up to Big Ben when Mary herself could have easily done it! (Which she later did). Added nothing? First of all, Poppins went to see Cousin Topsy for a reason. Second of all, we find out the person she went to is this peculiar lady with an interesting accent. And she happens to be played by Meryl Streep. Let’s be fair, had it been another actress in the role of Cousin Topsy, how could you not see a musical number coming up? I certainly did. Or do you believe the character was only in this film in the first place because it was written specifically for Merly Streep? Oooh.

In any event, I thought what that scene added was excitement and fascination just like the rest of the dancing and signing numbers. And again, Poppins, Jack and the kids went there for a purpose. You could argue this segment was underwhelming compared to the rest of the film, however by no means did I feel like it was shoehorned into the movie just to showcase Streep’s talent. It was fun and well-executed (that upside down set was glorious!).

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Once I heard the lyric about "turtling" or whatever, I lost it. That has a specific meaning to me, hilarious to see in a Disney song.

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Yes...it was the weakest scene in an otherwise wonderful film.

Maybe I'll like that song/scene with repeated viewings.

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Nah, trust your first impression. That Streep scene was pure cringe and should have been cut out.

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