Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters,
(Tom Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to P.L. Travers’
beloved classic Mary Poppins, but spinster Travers (Emma Thompson) doesn’t want
to sell the book because she doesn’t want her book to be a musical cartoon.
She goes on a two week trip to Los
Angeles, California from the United
Kingdom in an attempt to write the script
like she wants it to be. The attitudes
of Walt Disney and Pamela Travers are so different. Walt wants everyone known
by first name while
Pam wants to be known as Mrs. Travers.
The author of Mary Poppins is haunted by the ghosts of her childhood
where it will take Walt to discover why she is so reluctant to let go of Mary
SAVING M.R BANKS is a moving docudrama that somewhat
the behind-the-scenes story of the origins of how Mary Poppins was turned into
a movie, but this film is just fuel to feed the myth of Walt Disney in a
fictionalized retelling of the true story.
Mrs. Travers had adopted a kid and Walt had the rights to the book by
the time where the movie starts. The
events of Mrs. Travers’ childhood do cut really close to the real story, but
the tale of how the script finally came to be made is made of fiction mixed
with truth. Tom Hanks is great as Walt
Disney and Emma Thompson pulls off a great performance as the stiff and proper
grump of an author known as Mrs. Travers.
I just don’t want you to take this movie as gospel of the truth and I
hope you go out to find out more about the true story this movie is loosely
based on. SAVING MR. BANKS invents
things to make it feel like a fairy tale and a Hollywood-esque drama.
THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS: FROM POPPINS TO THE
Director John Lee Hancock takes a tour of Walt Disney studios as he reflects on
studio life during the time when Mary Poppins was made as he talks with the
people who worked during that time period.
LET’S GO FLY A KITE is the cast and crew
singing the song as
a tribute to composer Richard Sherman on the last day of filming SAVING MR.
Three deleted scenes are also included on the
disc, but the
scenes are thankfully cut for pacing reasons.
Previews for other releases from Walt Disney and a code for a digital HD
digital copy are also included on this release.
SAVING MR. BANKS is an uplifting fictionalized retelling of true events
with great acting from Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. I hope people will go read
about the true
story this movie is loosely based on.
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