Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mini Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks



Movie: Saving Mr. Banks

Mini Review by Lauren

IMDB Summary: Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins (1964) books for the big screen.

Mini Review: I was curious about this movie but it was never one that I thought I had to see when viewing the previews. However, I ended up seeing it one night with my sister and I'm certainly glad. Emma Thompson (P.L. Travers) and Tom Hanks (Walt Disney) do a fantastic job bringing these personalities to life and the story they told was tear-jerking, but definitely heartwarming.

The basic idea is that Travers visits L.A. to talk about adapting Mary Poppins to the screen. We all know that she ultimately does, but watching this movie, you're definitely wondering how it happens. Travers finds little things to quibble over, even announcing she doesn't want the color red in the film at one point, but Disney is determined to make Mary Poppins come to life.

The "present" story is intermixed with Travers past as a little girl in Australia. It focuses a lot on her father, and viewers ultimately come to see why Travers is so protective of her story. It's a story that will leave many with tears in their eyes, but a smile on their face when everything comes together in the end.

20 comments:

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I adore these actors, and especially Tom Hanks. I have no doubt that this is a very emotional experience and that it'll leave me in tears. I can't wait to see it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Liviania said...

I like the actors, but I'm not sure about this movie since they veered so far from the facts.

Krysten Gautreaux said...

I so want to see this movie!

Tanja - Tanychy said...

This movie was quite popular here not so long ago. I didn't go to see it but now I regret it. It sounds like a really interesting read. Great review :)

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

This isn't a movie I'm drawn to, but I do think I will watch it at some point. I saw a review from someone who'd read a book about Travers, and said it wasn't true to her feelings in the end. But still, I loved Mary Poppins!

Eileen said...

Aww this movie looks like such a heartfelt movie from your review and the ads on TV. I'm glad that the actors did a great job and it brought a smile to your face!

Medeia Sharif said...

I've seen this around and really want to see it.

kimbacaffeinate said...

This one is on my list, I will remember tissues!

Aylee said...

Huh, interesting! I hadn't really heard all that much about this one, but now that you've described it, I am very curious about how Mary Poppins made it to the big screen! I didn't realize it would be a tear-jerking story.

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I do want to see this movie! Mary Poppins is one of those movies I could watch again and again as a child (and still as an adult), so much so that Dick Van Dyke was one of my first celebrity crushes since I had no clue that by the time I watched the film he was already an old man. I never once thought of the author behind Mary Poppins, and I don't know that I even knew she was a woman until this movie came out.

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

I do want to see this movie! Mary Poppins is one of those movies I could watch again and again as a child (and still as an adult), so much so that Dick Van Dyke was one of my first celebrity crushes since I had no clue that by the time I watched the film he was already an old man. I never once thought of the author behind Mary Poppins, and I don't know that I even knew she was a woman until this movie came out.

Erika Sorocco said...

Having adored all things Mary Poppins - from the books to the movie - I must see this.

xx

novelchild_em said...

I LOVE Mary Poppins, but haven't got around to watching Saving Mr Banks at the cinema. I'll probably watch it when it comes to DVD, because I love Emma Thompson as well!

My anxious life said...

I want to see this also. I will probably watch it when my Project Disney is Mary Poppins. I think it looks like a really good film and Emma Thompson is amazing!

Angie
Angela's Anxious Life

Alexia561 said...

Sounds interesting, but think that this is one of those films that I'll watch once it comes to cable. Love Mary Poppins (another one who crushed on Dick Van Dyke!) but never thought much about the author. Shame on me!

Lauren Elizabeth said...

I need to see this! I had no idea it was going to be a tear-jerker though. Can't wait to check it out. Lovely review!

Julia Swift Andrew Landis said...

Honestly I think I'm alone in that I didn't love this movie. I wanted to, but felt that the narrative didn't work by breaking it up with past and present. Plus, when I read afterwards how they ignored her personal life, well, then I was even more disappointed.

Candace said...

Mary Poppins was a movie that had a big impact on me as a child. Even though it was already old by the time I saw it, I LOVED it. I think I might enjoy this movie, but I doubt it's one my husband would like so I'll have to watch it alone.

GABY said...

I really enjoyed this movie!! The actors did such a great job, I love Emma Thompson.

Sandra Danby said...

Hmm, this has had mixed reviews. But I'd go to see anything with Hanks and Thompson. SD