Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 biographical comedy-drama movie on DVD, centered on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film Mary Poppins.
Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney's Saving Mr. Banks, inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins, he made them a promise â" one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
I grew up watching Mary Poppins and loved the story, so when Saving Mr Banks came out I knew that I had to see it to get some sort of an idea as to the world behind the famous movie.
This movie attempts to tell us what happened in the making of Mary Poppins, just how Walt Disney managed to convince P.L. Travers to allow him to make Mary Poppins into a film and all of the issues that came with it. Along the way though we are given insight into her childhood and why she wrote the books and informs us that Mary Poppins is really there to save the father, Mr Banks, not the children.
Tom Hanks does a great job playing the late Walt Disney and Emma Thompson does great as Mrs Travers, and the cast is full of well known actors, so it is full of talent. It is interesting to read that the ending is rather different in real life and it doesn't mention that she went on to ban anymore films of her stories. Aside from that though, this is a fun movie that is rather touching and gives more of a back story to a famous tale. Even knowing the slight differences between this and real life (of course a Disney movie isn't going to paint Walt Disney in bad light) this is still a fun movie and at least gives more of the history behind the film.
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