1/1/2014 12:01:00 AM Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks
Cynthia Morse Zumbaugh
Easily one of the best movies that I have seen this year, but with talent like Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, I expected no less. This is the story of how Walt Disney spent over 20 years wooing P.L. Travers for the rights to her story of Mary Poppins, but it is more than that. It is also P.L. Travers' story exploring the origins of the famous nanny and of the family she "saved."
When the movie begins, you can't help thinking "How did this prickly, disagreeable woman write one of the most endearing characters in history?" Then you learn her story and you begin to understand some of her demons and it becomes more impressive that she was able to create such a wonderful tale.
I'm not sure what they did with makeup or if it is just incredible acting, but Tom Hanks became Walt Disney. He did an amazing job, as did Thompson, but she's playing someone that we don't know; he's playing an icon that we saw every Sunday night growing up and he made me believe it.
Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Kathy Baker and Colin Farrell in one of the best roles I've seen him play, but there isn't a bad performance in this movie. Annie Rose Buckley, the young lady that plays Ginty, P.L. Travers as a child, is outstanding; she gives such nuances to her character, she is impressive.
The story starts a little slow but by the end, you are hooked. Even at a little over two hours, I never got antsy.
Rated PG 13, there are a couple of terms of mild profanity and some adult themes, but nothing kids couldn't sit through. Whether or not they would want to is another story, this is a movie for grownups.