SAVING MR. BANKS Movie Review

Disclosure: Disney sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own. 

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Last week, I shared my tour of the Walt Disney Studios lot and mentioned that I also had the opportunity to see SAVING MR. BANKS the day before in Walt’s old screening theater (a special treat!). Today’s post will be all about SAVING MR. BANKS, including my thoughts on the movie.

First, a bit of information on the film:

 

About SAVING MR. BANKS

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—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.

My Thoughts

As I said last week in my post, I went into the movie knowing very little about the plot of the movie. I knew absolutely nothing about P.L. Travers, author of the MARY POPPINS books, including her childhood and relationship with Walt Disney. I certainly do not want to leak any major plot lines, either, so I’ll be careful not to.

I have been a fan of MARY POPPINS for many, many years and honestly had no idea that there was so much strategy and thought that went into the creation of the film. I also didn’t know there were MARY POPPINS books long before the movie was released and that it took Walt 20 YEARS to gain the rights in order to create the movie.

The film goes through the events that took place in gaining the rights to the film, which was not easy for Walt, as well as a deep look into P.L. Travers’ personal childhood. Events from her childhood carry over into the writing of MARY POPPINS, specifically the relationship with her father, and Mary Poppins herself. At times, the movie is very emotional. At other times, the movie is hilarious! P.L. Travers was absolutely a character.

SAVING MR. BANKS was one of my favorite movies of 2013 and I really, really recommend you see it. I just know that you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Disclosure: Disney sponsored my travel, accommodations and activities during my stay in Los Angeles. Thoughts are my own.