Monday, 3 February 2014

''Saving Mr. Banks'' (2013 movie)- Review

Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Released: 2013
Country: United States, United Kingdom, Australia

Genre: Historical comedy-drama

Cast: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B. J. Novak

Rating: 4 out of 5


''Saving Mr. Banks'' tells the story of P. L. Travers, the author of ''Mary Poppins'', and her problematic relations and disagreements with the filmmaker while the book was being adapted to film.

Travers, played by Emma Thompson, has been having financial problems, and the only way she can now get rid of the problem is by letting Walt Disney adapt her book, ''Mary Poppins''. She travels to Los Angeles, and meets Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks). She is shocked by many of the things that Disney wants to include in the film, such as the fact that the film is intended to be a musical. She, however, reluctantly agrees to the film being musical, but however, she has more disagreements with Disney and the screenplay.

While these happen, there are flashbacks of Travers's childhood, showing her childhood and relation with her father, who was a loving father yet alcoholic and depressed, and the incidents that had inspired Travers to create the character of Mary Poppins.

''Saving Mr Banks'' is such a film that may leave you moist-eyed yet with a happy film. It's a charming film filled with excellent performances from the two leads, Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, and also wonderful performances from the supporting cast, especially Colin Farrell, who plays Travers's father.

There are many memorable, sweet, emotional scenes, like several scenes from Travers's childhood. Another very memorable scene was the one where Travers and the other dance, singing ''Let's Go Fly a Kite''.

Overall, ''Saving Mr Banks'' is a sweet little film, a charming and gentle film.

4 out of 5


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