Saving Mr. Banks – Where her book ended, their story began.
Release Date: December 20th, 2013
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Walt Disney Pictures
Actors: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Rachel Griffiths, B.J. NOVAK BRADLEY WHITFORD
Wicked is to The Wizard Of Oz what Saving Banks is to Mary Poppins. How is that for a SAT study prep? It tells the story behind the fairy tale story. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays the author P.L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins stories. I am sad to admit that I had no idea that Mary Poppins was based on a book. It is a show I remember watching as a child, but hadn’t researched it until after watching the show. Whenever I see a movie that is based on a real life story, I immediately want to know what the real life gossip was, comparing it to how the story was portrayed in the show. I will let you google the story yourself, as there seems to be a few mixed feelings. Watch Saving Mr. Banks first, then you can debate about Ms. Travers.
The acting is amazing on every single persons part. I love Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Collin Farrell plays Travers Goff, the authors magical and troubled father. I have to admit I almost didn’t recognize him at first because he played such a strong character, and I never really like his movies. This one, however, was wonderful.
In the show, Ms. Travers insists on recording their conversations during their brainstorming sessions. While the credits run we get to listen to the real recordings or Travers whining to the Sherman brothers which show us just how spot on the performances are.
I really want to order the original set of Mary Poppins books: Mary Poppins: Three Enchanting Classics: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, and Mary Poppins Opens the Door.
Saving Mr. Banks is a sweet and funny movie. Take your entire family to see it during the Christmas break.