'Mary Poppins Returns': Yes, Lin-Manuel Miranda is rapping, and no, fans can't keep calm about it!
Once Lin-Manuel Miranda was cast as Jack, the street lamplighter, fans had speculated the possibility of him resorting to rapping again, just as he did for his play, 'Hamilton.'
The axiom of opposites attracting applies quite well to movies. Fans of 'Mary Poppins' who have watched the original and will now see the revival 'Mary Poppins Returns' will find a pleasant and surprising addition to the film's musical repertoire. Mary Poppins and rap music? Who would have thought? But trust Lin-Manuel Miranda to fuse both and still manage to create what looks like a stellar masterpiece in the revival film starring Emily Blunt. Ever since it was announced that the Rob Marshall-directed upcoming film would feature the 'Hamilton' creator, aka Miranda, as Jack the street lamplighter and also the titular character's possible comrade, fans had speculated the possibility of him resorting to rapping again, just like he did for his play, 'Hamilton'. Shortly after, fans suspicions came true and it was announced that apart from a spoonful of sugar, Mary Poppins will also bring a rapping Miranda to the audience when it releases on December 19. The response? Quite interesting.
The revival film's producer Marc Platt would like to assure fans that it had been the team's plan forever, despite the movie being set in the 1930s. Speaking to CinemaBlend about Miranda's upcoming rap, he said: "Wonderful song and dance man, wonderful actor, which is what he's doing in this film. And he inhabits the role of Jack and creates a wholly original character, playing this leerie. And he gets to do all the things that you want to see Lin do. He gets to be charismatic. He gets to bring light into the world. He sings. He dances. And, believe it or not, 1934 music hall style he even gets to do a little rap. It's quite extraordinary."
But when it comes to the fans - of both Miranda and the original 'Mary Poppins' film that came out in 1964 - some of them have expressed vague resentment in having to bear with Miranda rapping in a Mary Poppins film. One such very passionate critic shared on Twitter: "I don’t mind rap in a new Mary Poppins movie, I don’t mind Lin-Manuel Miranda being in a Mary Poppins movie, I just don’t want Lin-Manuel Miranda rapping in a f**king Mary Poppins movie."
But Twitter user TheJackalopeTX might find himself the only one in the league of critics because pretty much the rest of social media can keep neither calm, not quiet about it. Here's how the majority of them reacted as soon as news of Miranda rapping in the movie was announced.
"Dude, you have you use your incredible rapping powers to make revolution era politics make sense to millennials who won't be born until ten years after we finish this movie!" 😏— #ProtectMueller [ vvv dn puǝ sᴉɥʇ vvv ] (@Yohannon) November 26, 2018
Idk what I would do if I saw Lin casually rapping on the subway platform. That must be a sight to see haha— j e n n (@JennRobot) November 24, 2018
When I was younger I watched a ton of the Electric Company, (which was awesome btw, they literally threw words all over Manhattan), and @Lin_Manuel did some of the grammar segments, so before any of y’all knew him as Hamilton, I knew him as the rapping-comma-guy.— Maya Segal (@_mayasegal) November 24, 2018
Every time I think of @Lin_Manuel I think of the character he portrayed from house. Who was constantly rapping and talking about how many good ideas he had but was being stifled and laughed at by everyone calling him crazy. #Hamilton pic.twitter.com/oehqt5j0il— Elisa (@Tigerlilybeauty) November 25, 2018