“Saving Mr. Banks” Movie Review

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A very interesting look into the behind the scenes work that is involved in making a movie from a book. Author of the “Mary Poppins” series,  the curmudgeonly P.L. Travers (played superbly by Emma Thompson), has been courted for 20 years by Walt Disney (the incomparable Tom Hanks) to sign over the rights of the books so he can fulfill a promise he made to his daughters.

saving mr banksPamela (errr, Mrs. Travers) is reluctant, but, is also out of money (and ambition) so she reluctantly agrees to travel to Los Angeles to see if Disney and her can come to some sort of agreement.

The battle of wills begins.

Mrs., as her driver, Ralph (the wonderful Paul Giamatti) calls her, defines the word stubborn. She nit-picks the script every inch of the way (No animation…this is not a word….).  We all know what happens, but, the process of getting to that point is a fascinating study in perseverance by one of the greats: Walt Disney himself.  He promised to make this movie, and he did all he could to make it happen, even if it took 20 years!

“Saving Mr. Banks” is the best movie of 2013. Good for the whole family and it brings back amazing memories of the classic “Mary Poppins”.  Bring tissue. The entire cast is tremendous. Colin Farrell, as Travers Goff, is outstanding and Thompson, Hanks, and Giamatti sparkle.

Must see.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this at the Tracy, CA CineMark theater.

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