Saving Mr. Banks
Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to "Mary Poppins." The author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), proves to be an uncompromising curmudgeon who has no intention of letting her beloved characters become mangled in the Hollywood machine. However, when the books stop selling and she finds herself in need of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to consider Disney's proposition.
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A powerful movie that was much more serious than I had anticipated. The flashbacks to P.L. Travers were especially touching and heart-wrenching.
Emma Thompson delivered an amazing performance and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
Although there are fun moments throughout the story, this is definitely a drama I wouldn't recommend for younger children.November 26th, 2013 · Details3 Thanks ·
If you grew up singing the songs from the "Mary Poppins" movie you will love this movie. It portrays how a very difficult life can turn into something beautiful and about letting your difficult past go. It's fun to hear the old songs being created. Emma Thompson is magnificent and Hanks to good too. Best line from movie: "Story's give us all hope".....something to hold on to when life is tough. Imagination helps us get through the tough times. If you like this movie you might want to read this book that I am reading right now: "How to be like Walt" Walt was in real life a very kind man. I think this movie might be very healing for you if you grew up in a family that was not perfect. Which I think most of us do!January 2nd, 2014 · Details2 Thanks ·
Movie Title: Saving Mr. Banks
In a Nutshell: This is an absolutely lovely film that wraps a perfect Disney bow around your heart. It’s the untold back-story of how the beloved movie “Mary Poppins” came to be. Walt Disney is vividly brought to life by two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. Until now, very few fans knew that Disney spent 20 years trying to convince the curmudgeonly author of the Mary Poppins books to allow him to turn her stories into the iconic film that we all adore. The fantastic Emma Thompson, also a two-time Oscar winner perfectly portrays P.L. Travers, the author who struggles with her hidden fears and the ghosts of her past and who is the one who ultimately saves Mr. Banks in the end. This should be Emma Thompson’s third Academy win…
Uplifting theme: This spoonful of sugar touched a sensitive spot on aging Baby Boomers in the audience who cried like babies in the end. (weak grin) While P.L. Travers reviews in her mind the tormented life of her charming father’s addictions, she too is caged by her personal demons. SPOILER ALERT: It wasn’t until Walt Disney and P.L. Travers chose to change their painful childhood memories, focusing on the good and allowing the anger to melt away, that Mr. Banks was saved. We would be wise to do the same.
Things I liked: While her prickly personality battles against the Disney machine during the day, she cuddles with the soft mouse at night in her hotel room. I loved the moment when a giant Mickie Mouse offers to escort a hesitant P.L. Travers into the debut screening of the movie. An underused gem, I loved Bradley Whitford in “The West Wing” and “The Good Guys”, so it was great to see him again. The handsome Colin Farrell and talented character actor Paul Giamatti added nicely to the star-studded cast.
Things I didn’t like: The medicine that was spoon-fed included a dose of Disney branding that was a bit self-serving on the eve of the half-century anniversary of “Mary Poppins”, albeit clever marketing. I was surprised to learn that P.L. Travers didn’t want actor Dick Van Dyke in the “Mary Poppins” movie…I LOVE him and thought he was truly magical in the film!
Funny line: Walt Disney says to P.L. Travers who sits awkwardly on a carousel “I had a wager I couldn’t get you on a ride. I just won twenty bucks!” The author of a children’s book about a flying nanny ironically questions Disney by asking “Where is the gravitas?”
“Live a life that isn’t dictated by the past.” - Disney
“We restore order with imagination.” - Disney
“A leisurely stroll is a gift.” Ralph
“A mouse is family.” - Disney
“This world is just an illusion.” - Robert Goff Travers
Things to look for: Notice who says “Don’t leave me”, “Never. I promise” and how it is fulfilled. Apparently, Walt Disney smoked like a chimney and was rarely seen without a cigarette. It was decided in this movie to remove that portrayal, but there is one quick mention of it when Walt, himself, stamps out a cigarette to protect the children’s sensitive eyes.
Tips for parents: It is a bit slow-moving for children, without big action scenes to make up for it. While it is about Walt Disney’s magical world, the film is more about character development and the magic of creating one’s future, rather than dwelling on the past.2 Thanks ·
This movie was a beautiful and touching memoir about life and the power of imagination. Hanks and Thompson did a spectacular job, as well as the rest of the cast. A must see movie for all. I only have positive to say about this movie.November 14th, 2013 · Details2 Thanks ·
Saving Mr. Banks made me appreciate the movie Mary Poppins more (its always been okay to me but now I want to watch it again). It gives you a lot to think about and reminds you how we can help each other. Everyone has hardships in life- that's life. We can either hide in a corner and play the poor me card or we can reach out and help each other. I think this film was well done and I'm glad I saw it, however, it isn't one that you will want to watch over and over again. It will make you more appreciative and want to watch Mary Poppins though. I enjoyed learning more about Walt Disney too.January 27th, 2014 · Details1 Thank ·
A self-considered Disney fanatic, I enjoyed this movie about the process of turning Mary Poppins from a book into a Disney movie. I do wonder if Saving Mr Banks will appeal to general audiences though...
At any rate, the performances are great, and there is a good dose of humor. And the film does offer a nice look into the life of PL Travers, the author of Mary Poppins.December 25th, 2013 · Details1 Thank ·
Saving Mr. Banks is an outstanding achievement, at once funny, heartbreaking and triumphant. Fans of Mary Poppins will appreciate references and songs from the same, and fans of good movies will be drawn to the interlocking stories. A strong supporting cast (Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, and Bradley Whitford, among others), and some wonderful recreations of 1960s Southern California make for one of 2014’s best family films... See Full ReviewApril 3rd, 2014 · Details
Loved this movie. This would be safe to take younger kids to, but honestly; they would be bored. This powerful story is best served to adults.February 27th, 2014 · Details
A heartwarming, though mature, look at the story behind the story and author of Mary Poppins. While there are several fun moments in the film, this isn't like "Mary Poppins" itself. Only bring your children old enough to understand a beloved parent flawed by alcohol abuse.January 28th, 2014 · Details
I was held spell bound as the story line of this movie revealed many truths of how we are all shaped by our life experiences. I loved watching this movie!January 25th, 2014 · Details
Absolutely loved this movie! Enchanting, delightful and heart-warming.January 24th, 2014 · Details
Not a kids movie by any means. The underlying story is a sad one, told well, but not advertised well. It shows a struggling father leaning more and more on the crutch of alcoholism, a mother ready to drown herself and a child stuck trying to cope with it all.
The movie is fun when not revisiting the main character's memories of a darker time in her life.
The process of how the book was finally adapted for the big screen was very fun and interesting to watch.
Overall this was a touching and well-directed film.January 20th, 2014 · Details
A good thought provoking movie I am not huge on disney or musicals but his kept me interested and entertained the whole timeJanuary 9th, 2014 · Details
I really enjoyed this movie, full of history, childhood memories and great acting. I like the two parallel stories of the making of the movie and the life of "Mrs. Travers." I never thought there was a story like this behind the movie- obviously I didn't read the book-- Emma Thompson did a stellar job, along with Tom Hanks and Collin Farrell. I also liked seeing BJ Novak in there. The music, the scenery, costume designing, all were wonderful. They definitely took me back to the time of the stories. The message of the movie is very touching, forgiveness, kindness, redemption, letting go of the past and enjoying the now while excited for the future. A lot of people criticize Disney because they turn stories into bubbly cartoony versions of cruel realities. And I have agreed somewhat with that, but I think I liked the message that both stories portray in this case, having both the back and front end stories:) I liked the argument that Disney makes about the role of imagination. Restoring order is possible, our mind is amazing. Worth your time and money.
I completely loved this movie. Mary Poppins is one of my favorite movies ever and it was so wonderful to see this movie come to the big screen. You will love this movie and it will bring tears to your eyes.
I have to admit that when this movie started, I didn't like it at all! It dealt with a cranky old lady, who wouldn't cooperate with Disney, and only knew how to say "no." As the movie went on, I began to warm up to it. I enjoyed the flashbacks to P.L. Travers' childhood. It answered many questions about her actions and attitudes. The last part of the movie was very heart warming, especially the part showing Miss Travers at the Hollywood Premier of Mary Poppins! The movie also gave some additional insight into Walt Disney's life as he talked with Miss Travers, and shared his early life with her. The actors did a great job, and the end result of the movie was very good! I do recommend it.
Director, John Lee Hancock of the Blind Side gives some scenes of his movie a great sense of energy and joy regarding the perils and pleasures of film making. But the problem is nearly a third of the running time is taken up with extended flashbacks of PL Travers tormented girlhood in Australia as she tries to survive the self destructive alcoholism of her charming yet reckless father played by Collin Farrell... See Full ReviewDecember 29th, 2013 · Details
The one-word review for “Saving Mr. Banks” is "charming."
Emma Thompson is simply wonderful as the cantankerous P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books. Tom Hanks delightfully delivers Walt Disney, who has wanted the film rights to the story for decades, recognizing its incredible potential for the big screen. He also promised his kids he’d make their beloved story into a movie... See Full Review
The movie features humor, terrific music, and wonderful performances not to mention a fabulous story. We also learn more about Mr. Walt Disney himself as well as a secret about his father. A few clips from "Mary Poppins" are featured in the film. We highly recommend seeing this one... See Full Review
Just as one can’t assume all producers of juvenile products have playful depositions, parents should be aware that this Disney film about a children’s novel being adapted into a kid’s movie is really not intended for young viewers. Instead it is a mature look at the impact childhood can have on adulthood, and the recovery that sometimes needs to happen to find peace in old age. Other themes that may be more than little minds wish to wrestle with include disappointments, depression, alcoholism and suicide.
Yet all that heavy content doesn’t mean Saving Mr. Banks isn’t appropriate for older teens and adults. This beautifully made movie combines superb acting, strong story telling and compelling lessons about growing up, no matter how old we may be. Watching these characters come to terms with their past brings great hope for the future, and offers sweet solace for anyone trying to heal the wounded child within... See Full Review
Ironically, the story highlighting the clash of wills between Travers (Emma Thompson) and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) has undergone its own embellished Disneyfication in Saving Mr. Banks
Travers would have despised it. For the rest of us it's an entertaining, affecting, deftly acted saga, interspersed with illustrative flashbacks from Travers' childhood. But a biopic it is not... See Full Review
The film’s a trifle long, especially for a story whose ending, we know, was a happy one. But with “Saving Mr. Banks”, Hancock, Thompson and Hanks find that holiday film sweet spot, blending the poignant with the unpleasant, the grim with the giddy.
It was never going to be “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Reserve that honor for the film that inspired it. But “Saving Mr. Banks” is still one of the best pictures of the year... See Full Review