For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Biographical Films here’s a review of Saving Mr. Banks (2013) by me.
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Next month’s genre has been chosen by Joe of The MN Movie Man and we will be reviewing our favorite Summer Camp Movies.
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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“Don’t you ever stop dreaming. You can be anyone you want to be.” – Travis Goff
Number of Times Seen – 3 (24 Dec 2013, 28 Apr 2014 and 26 May 2021)
Link to original review – Here and Here
Brief Synopsis – Story of the relationship between Walt Disney and PL Travers when he was trying to gain the rights to make a movie about Mary Poppins.
My Take on it – Such a great film that is quite layered.
The story is able to tell us so much about the personalities of these two amazing storytellers.
The fact that the basis of the stories that they each created have a more psychological and mature aspect to them also helps make this film cater to both young and old at the same time.
They do a wonderful job recreating the atmosphere of working at the Disney studios in the early 60’s after Walt having already established his abilities to entertain and command respect from all those that he meets.
The plot is told in a great way and allows the viewer to get so much more insight into the realities of the character of Mary Poppins and why she was so dear and near to Travers in all that she did.
The cast is superb and both Tom hanks and Emma Thompson give us so much with these characters that they portray.
It still baffles me how neither of them were nominated for prominent awards for their work in this film.
The music adds so much to the film because of the way that it keeps the story flowing in such a powerful way from start to finish.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – One major scene in the movie that was not true, “the biggest fictionalized piece”, screenwriter Kelly Marcel remarked, was Walter Elias Disney visiting P.L. Travers at her London house. In reality, they only talked by phone, but Marcel insisted that everything Disney told Travers about his father “is completely true.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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