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SAVING MR BANKS
Directed by John Lee Hancock
Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B J Novak, Bradley Whitford
Saving Mr Banks tells the backstory of Mary Poppins - how Walt Disney managed to persuade the unwilling, prickly Pamela Travers, to sell him the rights to her book. We follow Travers on her journey to Los Angeles to finally meet the man behind the mouse, with frequent flashbacks to her own childhood. We take a closer look at her relationship with her own Father, and the story really does take us on an emotional journey.
Saving Mr Banks has every bit of Disney magic as the original Mary Poppins. The story is really what makes it stand out, though helped immensely by the cast. Emma Thompson stands out most in the lead role, making Travers an anti-heroine of sorts - likeable, quick-witted, yet often rude, and Tom Hanks is every bit as charming and suave as I imagine the real Walt Disney would have been. Paul Giamatti also gives a good performance as Travers' lovable, easy-going driver in Los Angeles, and Jason Schwartzman, BJ Novak and Bradley Whitford excel as the happy-go-lucky trio who help bring Mary Poppins to life.
Though some people may say Saving Mr Banks is too flimsy and light-hearted to be a good film, I disagree. The movie is filled with enough story, charm and wit for adults, and enough traditional Disney magic and fun for the kids. Saving Mr Banks is a good representative for good, wholesome family entertainment.