One of the better movies I have seen recently.
I only got this for my Disney collection and because it had Tom hanks in it and his movies are normally good, I had no idea what it was about or how good it was going to be.
It's story of how Marry Poppins was made, not as boring as it might sound and if you have never watched Marry Poppins you can still really enjoy this movie. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney and makes a promise to his kids that he will turn their favourite story book into a movie but that does not turn out to be to easy a job for him as the author of the book Pamela Travers played by Emma Thompson is one of the most stubborn and Awkward people Mr Disney has ever met. I don't want to go to much into the story as I do not want to spoil it for anyone.
There are two stories going on in this, the present day of Disney making or trying to make the Marry Poppins movie and the flash backs that Pamela Travers(Emma Thompson) has as a kid and you learn how she came about the idea of Marry Poppins for the books.
It's a great fun, enjoyable, fantastic Disney movie all the family will like, it will have you laughing through out but leave you a little sad at the end and it includes some of the classic songs from the Marry Poppins movies.
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.