Saving Mr. Banks
Walt Disney was devoted to his daughters and wanted to make their dream come true of bringing Mary Poppins to the big screen. The story of Walt’s history and Travers’ family winds through story and brings together the idea of believing in your passions while trying to unburden your past.
While there are happy moments in the movie, overall the story is quite emotional and when ratings advise PG-13 I would definitely take that into consideration. While this is a tale about family it’s not necessarily a movie for small kids. Childhood flashbacks and passionate storytelling make this picture beautifully emotional as well as heartbreaking.
As a fan of Walt Disney the man himself, I was so pleased to see Tom Hanks embody Walt, taking on his movements and even the lilt of his speech. He brought Walt Disney to life not through exact looks, but through charisma.
I was at Disneyland the day they were shooting and it was such a glorious thing to see the park transformed into 1960s Disneyland. The retro look at the fashions of the 60s and the facades of Disneyland were worth the limited screen time and Sherman Brothers fans will be tapping their feet to their classic songs.
While Saving Mr. Banks is not exactly the whimsical movie you might expect, it’s incredibly moving and a wonderful look at classic Disney filmmaking. Saving Mr. Banks opens for limited release on December 13 and wide on December 20th.
*full disclosure: I attenfded a private screening of Saving Mr. Banks courtesy of Disney. I received no monetary compensation and all opinions are my own.
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