Saving Mr. Banks 2013

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(676) IMDb 7.6/10
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Discover the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Starring:
Emma Thompson,Paul Giamatti
Runtime:
2 hours, 5 minutes

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Saving Mr. Banks

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director John Lee Hancock
Starring Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti
Supporting actors Tom Hanks, Jason Schwartzman, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 25 Jan. 2015
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This is a gentle and touching story told with a poignancy which is sometimes heart-breaking. Emma Thompson is superb as the author PL Travers, a stranger in a strange land (California) still coming to terms with her challenging childhood while Tom Hanks's avuncular performance as Walt Disney is masterful as he slowly breaks down Travers' objection to his Disneyfication of her Mary Poppins stories. There are some delightful comedic moments and the scenes in the rehearsal room are really hilarious. However, the scenes relating to Travers's childhood in rural Australia are filled with pathos and it is these moments which give the film a remarkable depth and sadness. This is definitely a film which does live up to the hype.
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111 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 6 Dec. 2013
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Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins," so he promised them he would.

In his quest to obtain the rights, he comes up against a writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved creation get ruined by Hollywood. But, as the money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to meet and hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.

Walt pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and songs, he launches an onslaught on P.L. Travers, but she doesn't budge.

But Walt discovers the truth about Mary Poppins, and together they set her free.....

Brilliant is one word to describe this movie, and it's all thanks to Thompson. Her portrayal of Travers is wonderfully complex. At once, you see a meddling Battleaxe, but at the same time, you see a child begging to come to the surface, and you cannot help but like her, despite her little outbursts.

Hanks knows he's not going to outshine Thompson, so he is wonderfully restraint as the big man, and it's to his credit, he's a joy to watch too.

Its funny and equally heartbreaking in parts, and the best parts of the film are set in Austrailia, these set the foundations of the narrative, and really add gravitas to the Disney scenes, honestly, this is Farrell's career best performance, even if he does seem to be channelling Johnny Depp on occasion.

If you are a fan of Mary Poppins, this is a must, and if your not, it's still a fascinating insight into one woman's love of her work, and how much it means to her.
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85 of 94 people found the following review helpful By index on 7 Mar. 2014
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I remember when I went to the cinema to watch this when it first came out; I was absolutely blown away by it, Tom Hanks pulled of an amazing performance as well as Emma Thompson. Not enough credit has been given to this film which is such a shame. I highly recommend this,
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven on 3 Jan. 2014
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As always, no spoilers whatsoever in this review because that's just plain inconsiderate.

Saving Mr. Banks is a dual narrative portrait of the author of Mary Poppins and the creative team at Walt Disney that worked to bring it to the big screen. In one thread (1961) we have the curmudgeonly author behaving like a stark raving... well, curmudgeon as she tries to exert control over the creative process. In the other thread (1906, Australia) we unwind the story of her grim childhood that makes her a curmudgeon in the first place.

This movie has a lot of things to say not the least of which is to cast an entirely different light that beloved American classic of childhood. Mary Poppins ain't quite what you think it's about as a kid (but then what good movie IS what you think it's about when you're a kid). It's also a powerful demonstration of how our childhood influences us as adults sometimes in ways that we don't quite grasp until we look back on them from a great distance.

It's also interesting to see behind the curtain of the creative process. Avoiding spoilers, the author's primary objection is that Mary Poppins and the Banks family have become, in truth, her family over the years and sharing that vision and letting someone else have a piece of them is frightfully difficult. It does make a person wonder if all authors have this same struggle when crossing mediums.

Lastly, I'm a sucker for sentiment but this movie had the audience blowing its nose and audibly sniffing for a good hour. It's an incredibly intimate portrait. However, the kids won't think much of it and the group in the theatre with me was 50+ for the most part. All that said, highly recommended for anyone with a sentimental streak. Best movie I've seen in a month or more.

PS: The patient who sit through the credits will be treated to some photos from the movie's production and a section of the recorded conversations between the author and the production cast.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Garrity on 27 Jan. 2015
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In Saving Mr Banks Emma Thompson portrays P.L Travers the author of Mary Poppins. Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, has been trying to get the rights to Mary Poppins for 20 years without success due to Travers not wanting her book turned into some Animation as its too much like a part of her family.
We see two sides of Travers, one when she is a child growing up in Australia and her love for her drunken father played by Colin Farrell who had a big impact on her life, and then as an older bitter woman who is so set in her ways and doesn't mind who she hurts with her comments.
Seeing the two sides of the story really helps you to understand why Travers was as mean as she was as an adult, she had so much pent up emotions from childhood that she can't let go of the past and in turn became a vile woman.
Saying that I found myself warming to Travers and feeling sorry for her.
In the end Travers does sign the rights to Mary Poppins to Disney, and of course the famous movie is created.
The end showed Travers seeming happy about the movie but in real life she never was and refused Disney the rights to her other books(yes there is more than one Mary Poppins book)
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