Sunday, January 12, 2014

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

by M. J. Joachim

Note: If you paste from Word into your Blogger blog, you’ll want to read, Blogger and Word Platforms are Not Compatible, a post I wrote for the A – Z Blog on January 11, 2014. 

Mary Poppins is one of the first movies I saw on the big screen. As a little girl, I was thoroughly amused and thrilled, which is one reason I was so excited to see Saving Mr. Banks. The story behind the story is positively amazing and wonderful.

I remember sitting on my dad’s lap every Sunday night to watch The Wonderful World of Disney. It was with great pleasure that, as a mom, I collected all the Disney classics, to share with my kids when they were young. Now, seeing so many of those titles available on Netflix is delightful.

You have to know from watching these fine films, that Walt Disney was an amazing human being. Saving Mr. Banks affirms this in grand style. The efforts he and his staff took to bring the Mary Poppins book to life, are nothing short of phenomenal. 

P. L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, was a difficult woman, and that’s putting it mildly. She had her reasons, many of which are revealed in Saving Mr. Banks. No spoiler alerts here. You’ll simply have to see the film, if you want to find out.

There’s a reason this film has won so many awards already. It’s because it’s that good. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are superb! All the supporting actors are superb! And the film itself was written and directed in fantastic style.

If you’re a fan of Disney in any way, shape or form, you’ll want to see Saving Mr. Banks. It’s that good, and learning a bit of background about the lengths Walt Disney went to, to get his movies made is well worth the price of a ticket. Not to mention, discovering the story behind the story, about how Mary Poppins came to life and became one of the world’s most favorite films.

Thank you for visiting Writing Tips today. I’ll look forward to seeing you again soon!

M. J.
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