I Feel Personally Attacked
Between Christopher Robin and now Mary Poppins Returns, Disney appears to be trying to make some kind of statement about adult male arrested development. Like, both movies, released the same exact year, are about men who believed in magic and fun in their youth, but have since grown up into hard, depressed middle age. And only the return of their magical influence can snap them out of it.
Like…is that me? Should I be taking this personally?
I don’t think I’m living a hard, depressed life now that I’m roughly middle-aged. I don’t have kids, so maybe that’s it. I’d like to think I was a child who believed in magic and make believe, but am now forced to confront the realities of adulthood and a true lack of magic in the world. Should I be searching for that magical influence from my youth to help me reconnect and open back up as a human being? Did building LEGO Voltron not count for that?
Just tell me what I’m supposed to do, Disney! I’m listening!