Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

DVD - 2014
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When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney's desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario's concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers' reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.


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Mar 19, 2018

Excellent movie about Walt Disney and the woman who created Mary Poppins.

Feb 14, 2018

I did not know what this film was about, only that it had something to do with Mary Poppins. The story is about the author P.L. Travers and Walt Disney’s 20 year effort to get the story made into a film. Mrs. Travers (played by Emma Thompson) comes across as a grouchy, mean, grumpy old English lady who is not enchanted by Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and his money-making Disneyland. She flies to Los Angeles in 1961 to discuss the film rights of her book. Of course, underneath the children’s story are some personal anxiety issues of her own childhood. Her family moved to Australia, her father worked at a bank, he was an alcoholic, he becomes very ill and an Aunt comes to live with the family who is the basis of the Mary Poppins character. I was initially a bit confused since the story switches between Los Angeles and Australia, in different time eras but it does all come together in the end. Not a real upbeat, joyful story. Not recommended for young kids, but as an adult who loved the film as a child, I enjoyed the back story and, of course, was singing along with the songs. I have never read the book, but will read it now and will probably need to watch the original film again.

Disney does a psychodrama, and it works. Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins books, and she has daddy issues, which Walt Disney, in producing the 1964 blockbuster film, helps her sort out. Usually I don't like a lot of flashbacks in a movie, but since Colin Farrell plays the young Pamela's dissolute father, they are some of the best scenes of the film.

Feb 04, 2018

Odd, but entertaining overall.

JCLHelenH Jan 17, 2018

I'm delighted by this unexpectedly wonderful movie. The story is captivating and the cinematography is marvelous.

Sep 01, 2017

Being based on a true story made it that much more interesting.

Jul 24, 2017

An amusing, touching film with a strong message about how imagination is important for adults as well as children. Travers' backstory is told through flashbacks, leading to some intensely emotional moments as pieces of her tragic family story are set against the fantastical moments that they inspired. While the ending of the story is a foregone conclusion (we know that Disney will get the rights to Mary Poppins), it's the how that keeps the viewer engaged, leading to a culminating moment between Walt and Mrs. Travers that nearly had me in tears.

I could see some people getting bored with this film, since the pacing is gentle and most of the plot is conveyed through gesture and dialogue, but it's richly rewarding if you give it a try.

Mar 06, 2017

There are some amusing moments playing off P.L. Travers’ uptight English attitude versus the officially bright and cheery culture of Disney Studios/California. The film delves into the formative childhood experiences of Pamela Travers, the woman who wrote the iconic Mary Poppins, the effects her possessiveness of the creation has on Walt Disney’s 20-year attempts to gain film rights, his dawning realization that there’s something more at stake here than just a story, and redemption of a crucial character.

Mar 05, 2017

Director John Lee Hancock resurrects a rosy vision of the 60’s with bouffants, party dresses, and candy-coloured attractions providing an intrusive counterbalance of sorts to Travers’ bittersweet childhood memories. Thompson and Hanks are perfectly matched, his unchecked zeal coming up against her dour sense of propriety, and a supporting cast of studio songwriters, a bubbly secretary, and one insightful chauffeur (Paul Giamatti) soften the central tug-of-war without resorting to fluffy distraction. A charming tale of “what if” given some weight by a dark psychological edge.

multi layered plot, excellent acting and intriguing staging of that time period in the USA.

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WVMLMichelle Jun 24, 2015

Don't you ever stop dreaming. You can be anyone you want to be.

May 15, 2014

Travers Goff (voiceover): "...Winds in the east... mist coming in... like something is brewing... about to begin... Can't put me finger... on what lies in store... but I feel what's to happen... all happened before..."

Mar 30, 2014

Much more from imdb-----Walt Disney: "No whimsy or sentiment!" says the woman who sends a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children.
P.L. Travers: You think Mary Poppins is saving the children, Mr. Disney?
[Walt and the other filmmakers are stunned silent]
P.L. Travers: Oh, dear!
[Walks away]

Mar 30, 2014

From imbd: Walt Disney: George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.


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