Saving Mr Banks
TAKE out the tissues, Saving Mr Banks is a heartbreaker of a film. It’s the story of P.L Travers, the author of the renowned Mary Poppins and her 20-year battle with Walt Disney himself to bring the book to the big screen. You will laugh, cry and leave the cinema with that type of warm and fuzzy feeling which usually only Christmas films bring.
If you didn’t think Emma Thompson was fabulous before then stop right here. Her role as Ms. P.L Travers is one of the most convincing performances I have ever seen. Ms Travers, as she prefers to be called, is very reluctant to let Mr Disney use her beloved fairy tale until he learns the act of subtlety. She doesn’t want any singing, dancing or even animation to be used in production.
Walt, played by Tom Hanks, will do whatever it takes to turn the children’s books into a film so as to keep a promise he made to his daughters 20 years ago. Mr Disney is witty and tolerant of Ms Travers’ ridiculous requests. His character invokes a sense of hope we are told of the difficult youth the real Walt Disney went through which inspired him to go create the word of Disney. It all began with just a simple sketch of a little mouse.
Remember that moment in Twilight where all the women in the cinema gasped as Jacob took off his shirt? Get ready to swoon for Colin Farrell again, ladies – he is back and hunkier than ever! Mr Bank’s Australian accent is perfected to a tee and he plays the role of an alcoholic dad who can’t manage to control his habit to keep a job for any period of time which leads to a sad and troublesome childhood for his daughters and wife. His character is not one you will love but I think everyone will relate to their own Mr Banks – a person who cannot be helped because they don’t want to help themselves.
The best part of the film was actually the ending credits where they showed photos of the real Ms Travers, drawings and even played a tape recording which showed how genuine the plot of the movie was. It is most definitely worth a watch this festive season and afterwards ‘Lets Go Fly a Kite‘…
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