Film Review: Saving Mr. Banks
Have you ever wondered how the magic of Mary Poppins started? Any fan of the musical created almost 50 years ago is interested in knowing how the story came to be! The film premiered on December 12 and was officially released in theaters on December 20.
Was Mary Poppins a real person or a fictional character? Why did she really come to the Banks household? All these questions are answered in this 125-minute-long movie.
Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) has been chasing P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) for the rights of Mary Poppins. Disney wants to make a live-action movie of the popular children's books. After 20 years, he finally gets Travers to visit his studio in Los Angeles. However, Travers is not ready to sign over the rights especially not if the movie is to be a musical.
The movie starts with a little girl who's playing in a garden in 1906 in Australia. Then we move to Mrs. Travers in London, England in 1961. Throughout the film, we go from past to present where we learn about Mrs. Travers's childhood and her thoughts on the adaptation of her children's books. Why is it so hard for her to sign over the rights? Is there more to Mary Poppins than we think?
If you enjoyed Mary Poppins, you will most certainly enjoy Saving Mr. Banks whether you're a child or an adult. You'll find out how the film's characters were finalized and how the songs were created. The film includes such well-loved songs as: "Let's go fly a kite", "A spoonful of sugar" and "Feed the birds" just to name a few.
The film features two Academy Award winners who play the principal characters. Both characters have strong, opposite personalities. Disney forces Travers to come to Disneyland where he is seen as a celebrity by children and adults. He hands people signed cards when they ask for autographs. Travers aks why he doesn't sign them but he ignores her. He makes her ride the carrousel simply to win a bet.
Mary Poppins sings "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down" with such hope that it brightens a sad life. Despite the film being a drama, it has its funny moments when Travers works with the team who's writing the scenario for the movie. This film will make anyone smile and laugh despite their age. It might cause your eyes to get teary a few times. In the end, this is a lovely film that is sure to be nominated for a few awards.