“George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again. ” – Walt Disney
Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 Dec 2013 and 28 Apr 2014)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – The story of how Walt Disney and PL Travers eventually made the movie Mary Poppins (1964) although they had many differences on how it should be done.
My Take on it – being someone who enjoys movies, it’s only logical that I would like a movie about the making of a movie that features Walt Disney and the author of the Mary Poppins book series in their attempt to make it into a movie.
This movie actually tells two stories; the story of a young girl growing up in Australia and the story of the movie being made. This movie merges those two stories extremely well and even in some instances uses dialogue from one in the other.
Emma Thompson is great as the prim, stuffy British author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks is perfect as the father of Disney himself, Walt Disney. Hanks is a distant relative of Disney and lobbied to get the part in order to do it with dignity.
Disney was a secret smoker and Hanks felt it was very important to find a way to incorporate this habit into the movie. The studio objected to actually showing him smoke a cigarette, so Hanks coughed a lot in character (like Disney himself would do) and there is even a scene when he snuffs out a cigarette when someone enters a room.
Watching this movie made me appreciate Mary Poppins (1964) much more because as with most movies, they are not always made easily without a few bumps along the way.
There is much controversy surrounding this movie since there are numerous claims as to the truthfulness of most of the story. I think that this movie should just be taken at face value as a story within a story . WE will obviously never know what is truth and what is fiction, but regardless, this is a very fun and uplipting movie.
This is one of my favorite movies from 2013.
Bottom Line – Great story within a story. Makes one appreciate Mary Poppins (1964) even more. Excellent performances by Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
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