Saving Mr. Banks 2013

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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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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)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 31 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
An engrossing film about Walt Disney's struggle to persuade P.L. Travers to let him make a film of 'Mary Poppins'. Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are superb as Travers and Disney. Despite the fact that Travers was obviously an extremely difficult woman my sympathies are, on the whole, with her. Disney's film is marvellous in its way, but his Mary Poppins is not Travers's, and it is understandable that she didn't really want the character she loved moulded in the Disney image. But his patient and untiring struggle to get Travers to let him have his way is fascinating to watch.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful By index on 7 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
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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88 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 6 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
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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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Rob Slaven on 3 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
Stunning performances from the entire cast, clever intermingling of two eras of Travers' life, and moments of stunning camerawork. Also really enjoyed seeing the 1960s setting. I love Emma Thompson, who was right for this role, but a little bit self-conscious sometimes, I thought - a few "see me act" moments in there. Tom Hanks, who I often find a very self-conscious actor, was actually really good as Walt Disney, who is presented as a flawless, Godlike character - well, no surprises there, the film is made by Disney Studios. The conversion of P L Travers by a visit to Disneyland was just too over the top. However the childhood scenes of her relationship with her father, and how he contributes to the Mr Banks character in Mary Poppins was very well done.

What I'd really like to see is the same story presented by a different studio - Warner Bros or whoever - so that there wasn't the feeling that this was all a bit of a PR stunt for the Disney Corporation, but I appreciate that was never on the cards!

Overall, not as perfect as I'd have liked, and a little too schmaltzy with the portrayal of the grown-up Travers, but a film well worth seeing.
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