Have you seen Saving Mr. Banks yet! It has been nominated for tons of awards already! I sent my husband to the movie to review it and this is what he wrote:
It’s taken a while for me to write my experience watching “Saving Mr. Banks” the story about how Walt Disney fulfilled a promise to his daughters to transform P.L. Travers books about Mary Poppins to the big screen. Now if you watched a trailer for the movie what you would have expected, and what I expected, was a whimsical movie about Walt charming the stuffy Travers into loosening up and loosening the reigns on a character that she viewed as family. That’s certainly part of it, it’s the parallel story that’s so compelling and so difficult to wrap your head around. It’s a touching, heart wrenching and possibly most importantly “real” look at the story behind the Poppins’ books.
Let me start by saying I thought it was a fantastic movie. The attention to detail was incredible, the star-studded cast worked seamlessly off of one and other and Tom Hanks does a pretty incredible job of making you forget he’s Tom Hanks. Emma Thompson as Travers has unenviable job of filling the shoes of what appears to be a very angry woman. The movie does a pretty fantastic job of making you come to like Travers in the end, and I think that’s the one place that I struggled.
After coming home and further looking into Travers I developed a pretty sour taste in my mouth for who she was personally. This movie could easily be called “Saving Ms. Travers” because it will do for her many things that Poppins did for her father. The whimsical, light hearted and upbeat to a fault Disney uses it’s bright colored brush to paint a surly woman as a modern day heroine, who used her power play with Disney to protect her own father given another name “Banks.”
Can “Saving Mr. Banks” rack up the critical acclaim that Poppins did, being nominated for 13 Academy Awards? Time will tell, but if the NBC show 30 Rock showed us anything it’s that the industry loves heaping praise on pieces that seem to pull the curtain back and show what difficulties they have to deal with in working in “the biz.” While 13 may be a stretch, especially with the lack of any real original music, this film will do well in my opinion.
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