Friday, January 10, 2014

Movie Review: Get Saved by Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks” is the untold story of how Disney's classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen but it was not as “feel good” as you might expect. Don’t get me wrong it is entertaining, sentimental and you laugh but the true story of why P. L. Travers wrote Mary Poppins is more heart wrenching than you would expect, I cried a little. Maybe its just me and when I watched as a child I never really understood how messed up the family was in Mary Poppins but this movie has shown me the true story that Mary was not saving the kids but saving the dad i.e. Saving Mr. Banks.
Emma Thompson does an outstanding job of being a stubborn, sad, sarcastic, but loveable character and Tom Hanks makes me wish I could have met the real Walt Disney. Paul Giammatti (Sideways) has a guest-starring role and I don’t know about you but I think he is highly under rated and he added a nice touch to this movie. Bradley Whitford (West Wing), B.J. Novak (The Office), and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) are hilarious as they cower in fear of Emma Thompson’s reprisals. Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) plays a loveable heart wrenching drunk of a father and Ruth Wilson (The Lone Ranger) is a wonderfully unstable mother.

I have read that this story is not entirely accurate but who cares it is an enjoyable movie. If you stay through the credits you get to hear actual recordings of Mrs. Travers making edits to the script much in the same way Emma Thompson did in the movie so it can’t be that far fetched.

There are a lot of movies out right now and a lot of them are worth your time and I would include this in my list to see before the award season as this will probably be nominated for a few. Share your thoughts and opinions at www.yourmediaworld.com.

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