Disney's Saving Mr. Banks Movie Review


Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn't’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 120 min

My Thoughts & Movie Stills

"SAVING MR. BANKS"..L-R : Lily Bigham, Annie Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Colin Farrell..Ph: François Duhamel..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..

"SAVING MR. BANKS"..Ralph (Paul Giamatti), right in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks"...Ph: François Duhamel..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..
"SAVING MR. BANKS"..Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks"...Ph: François Duhamel..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..

Now, I may be a bit biased because I am a huge and I mean HUGE Disney fan but I absolutely loved this movie. My 3 year old on the other hand was a bit on the bored side during the whole thing so I bribed him with red vines and sour patch kids. But I was completely thrilled to see Saving Mr. Banks before it was released thanks to Disney and Olson Communications, Inc.

I am really glad that this story was told for the world to watch and see how one of my absolutely favorite movies came about being made. Mary Poppins has always been a staple movie in my child and adult hoods and I never knew that it took Walt Disney so much effort to bring the book to life. This is definitely a very touching movie that goes into the background of the stories author and how through her childhood events she got the inspiration to create the practically perfect in every way Mary Poppins.

The movie goes back and forth between her childhood memories and what is supposed to be the present time. It is sad to sit and watch a child go through the events that unfolded on the screen because no child should have to go through any kind of event that isn't related to being a carefree child. And it seems that the author, P.L. Travers, had to grow up rather faster than she should have and was even scared by the events as they lead her to have odd quirks and tendencies as an adult.

It took P.L. Travers a lot to hand over the rights of the movie to Walt Disney and I'm talking about twenty years of him begging her. Thankfully she let him make the film when she did because if you know Disney history than you will know that Walt Disney passed away in 1966 from lung cancer and Mary Poppins was made in 1964. So he was able to keep his promise to his daughters even though it took him twenty years to do so.

"SAVING MR. BANKS"..P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson)..Ph: François Duhamel..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..
I don't think Disney could have chosen a better suited actor than Tom Hanks to play Walt Disney. I have been a fan of his acting for a very long time and he did an absolutely amazing job at portraying one of my childhood icons. He just fit the role perfectly and a brought something to the screen that I think he brings to all of his movies. Tom Hanks himself looked rather ill I think through the movie which helped the effect of him portraying Walt Disney because he was ill like I said previously and he would even cough now and then.

Emma Thompson was beautiful as ever. I don't know what the real author was like but I think she a perfect job of portraying her and even brought her odd quirks and such to life in a believable manner. Admittedly I am not much of a fan of Jason Schwartzman so when I saw him appear on screen I kind of sighed but he proved my sigh wrong. His part in the movie was by far the best I have ever seen him do. I was stunned that he could actually do something that I would enjoy but he did and his character coupled with his counterpart character played by B.J. Novak were rather solid in their acting.

Two words, Colin Farrell. The man is lovely to look at, has a dreamy real life accent and was by far the perfect choice for his role. I don't think any other actor could have done as perfect and heartbreaking of a job bringing his character to life. His character had a lot if not most of the effect on P.L. Travers life and lifelong scarring and it all made me a bit angry at him because every choice that he (the character) made effected his family in a very negative way.

"SAVING MR. BANKS"..B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman..Ph: François Duhamel..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..

"SAVING MR. BANKS"...P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks"...Ph: François Duhamel..©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved..
The film was definitely an emotional one that made me cry at various points and pretty much throughout the entire end of it. I'm a mushy person and cry at a lot of things but I found the film to be very touching and my eyes just could not help themselves. I've been recommending this film to my friends and definitely recommend it to you and everyone else especially if you are a Disney and Mary Poppins fan. For Disney lovers like myself it is definitely a must see and absolutely one of the best films that I have seen this year. And what really made me giddy at the movie premiere was that the actress who plays the role of Mary Poppins/Julie Andrews in the film, Victoria Summer, was actually there and said hello to all of us. I was beyond excited because even though she has a part of blink and you'll miss her, she got to play one of the most iconic people ever if only for a few seconds.

1 comment:

  1. I'm really hoping to see this over the holiday break. My children are older, but it was my young adult daughter who wanted to see it most - we all love Disney movies:)


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