It’s not often that I fall in love with a movie. Since becoming a parent, my movie dates are few and far between, and I find that I would much rather spend my date nights with my husband talking than sitting in a dark theater. But after seeing Saving Mr. Banks, I’m throwing out all of my date night logic.
A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to see an early viewing of the movie, due out in theaters on December 20. I walked in not knowing anything about the film (I haven’t watched much television lately to see previews), and I walked out of the theater knowing hands down that this was something special.
A beloved Disney classic will take on an entirely new meaning after seeing this film. Walt Disney pursued P.L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson), author of Mary Poppins, for nearly 20 years before finally securing rights for making the book into a major motion picture. Disney, played by Tom Hanks, uses his witty charm to get Travers out to Los Angeles from her London home so that he can show her just how he wants to turn his daughters’ favorite book into a Walt Disney film.
Although many people see Walt Disney as this charming and magical man, P.L. Travers is not one bit impressed by his wit. Even a trip to Disneyland with the man himself couldn’t win her over. The character of Mary Poppins means so much more to Travers than Disney could ever begin to imagine.
Although we know that Disney eventually wins Travers over so that he can make the film, what you might not have known was the history of this beloved character. P.L. Travers was adamant about not having Mary Poppins sing or any part of the film being animated. While reviewing the script for the film, she sat with a pen and paper, and recorded every single conversation with the writers of the script. Perhaps her stiff personality is somewhat telling of Travers’ rocky childhood.
The film frequently shows flashbacks of Travers in her childhood. She is reminiscent of the time spent with her father, played by Colin Farrell, who loves her unconditionally yet is broken inside. These flashbacks begin to happen more frequently as Travers gets deeper and deeper into the script of Mary Poppins. And that’s when you learn just who Mary Poppins really is.
The film will make you laugh and will definitely bring tears to your eyes. The actors in the film did an incredible job of telling the history of one of my favorite Disney films, Mary Poppins. After watching Saving Mr. Banks, you will have an entirely new perspective on Mary Poppins, and you will definitely want to run home and pop in the DVD to watch it again.
Saving Mr. Banks opens nationwide on December 20.
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