Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

DVD - 2014
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When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney's desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins, to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario's concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.
"Saving Mr. Banks" wraps a seduction inside a seduction with enjoyable results. It's a Disney film in every sense of the term."--Wall Street Journal
"Thanks to Thompson and Hanks, this movie about the making of a movie hits the sweet spot. There's magic in it."--Rolling Stone
"Somewhere, Uncle Walt is smiling."--Variety
"...Disney's backstage drama about how its whimsical 1964 kids' classic Mary Poppins came to be is a delight."--Entertainment Weekly
Audience: CHVRS rating: PG
Publisher: [United States] : Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, 2014
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY SAVING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 26, 2019

Can't stand to be around anyone who acts like this, not even in a movie. Five min. of listening and watching this woman is self punishing the mind, feelings and senses by allowing infectious, low-chemistry, thoughts, words and actions of another to invade our own life energy and in this case the movie depicts intolerable actions throughout the entire film as: belligerence, controlling, victimizing, disrespectful, usurping, opinionated, self-serving, thankless, and uncompromising. I learned to be careful as to what I allow my eyes to see and my ears to hear and I've become conscious of what I allow my mind to think and what I feel. This type of movie leaves one exhausted from spending so much time in an atmosphere of low life chemistry. Recognized it, turned it off. Movie gets a zero.

Aug 18, 2019

I was pleasantly surprised to see just how honest the Mouse Machine could be when it came to the flaws of their founder. This may not tell everything completely true, but it nails theme- which is, oddly enough, possibly even a nod to the very core of the film itself.

Is purity in adaptation necessary? That is an important question in this day of property rights, remakes, sequelitis and fandom. This movie doesn't answer it outright- but it does put the debate out there.

Jul 08, 2019

This may be Tom Hanks' best film. What a marvelous performance in his dialog with the author Mrs. Travers back in London! Walt Disney cracks the mystery of what was the real issue.

Emma Thompson does a lovely job showing the prickly Englishwoman, and the sensitive heart.
made whole by her comedic talent and humanity.

A fine film with a touching climax.

May 20, 2019

If I could give this movie ten stars, I would. It was a long wait for me to finally be able to see this masterpiece, as I was never able to see it in the theatre, but watching it alone in the comfort of my home was mesmerizing. I absolutely l loved everything about this film, from the incredible performances (they could not have picked a better person to portray PL Travers than Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. He is one of my all-time favorite actors and never in a million years did I dream of him playing someone I admire as much as Walt Disney, but he was just wonderful and I felt like I was watching Walt Disney on screen. The film is very dramatic and it takes some time to get used to PL Travers harsh nature, but interspersed throughout the film are flashbacks that fortunately aren't hard to decipher. Some movies have flashbacks that are hard to tell apart from the actual film but this was like a story within a story and it was beautifully done. I felt for the actors in the flashback scenes just as much as those in the main storyline. Rarely does a movie make me laugh and cry but this one achieved both and I absolutely loved the Disney references and how they made everything in the film-including Disneyland appear as though it was another generation. There is a reason that Tom Hanks is the star of four of my favorite movies; Sleepless In Seattle, You've Got Mail, A League of Their Own and Big... and now that list has been extended to five with "Saving Mr. Banks." I don't want to say much more about this film because I don't want to give anything away, but all I can say is if you've ever seen Mary Poppins-even once-you MUST see this film. It should be required viewing for that movie, although "Saving Mr. Banks" does have a great deal of spoilers, which is as it should be. But it's amazing to see how that wonderful film came together. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to watch the finished product... "Mary Poppins", that is....

Dec 26, 2018

I went into this movie cautious, because I didn't know how I felt about a movie that painted an unrealistic picture of a real life author's experience. Reportedly P.L. Travers severely disliked the movie adaptation of "Mary Poppins" and it was unlikely for Disney to trash itself. Which is exactly what happened; this movie is a sad and moving rose-colored version of the true story. But that doesn't make it less beautiful.

The acting by Tom Hanks (Walt Disney) and Emma Thompson (P.L. Travers) is fantastic, their chemistry makes the movie. Along with some very beautiful manipulation of the songs, watching the making of a childhood nostalgia movie. All of it blends together and it works - this movie had me (a cynical person) crying by the end.

Saving mr Banks is on Today on T.v so i ddin't get a chance to watch it before its on t.v so i have to watch it later i barrowed this movie there was a lot of holds on this movie before not anymore i placed a hold on it

Nov 01, 2018

P.L. Travers's father, Travers Robert Goff (portrayed by Colin Farrell in the movie), was a heavy drinker. As noted by biographer Valerie Lawson in her book Mary Poppins, She Wrote (available in the right column), Travers Goff was a bank manager before being demoted to a bank clerk, dying of influenza in his early forties and leaving his family destitute. P.L. Travers was only seven at the time of her father's death.Following the death of P.L. Travers's father from influenza when she was seven, her mother, stricken with grief, informed her that she was going to drown herself in a nearby lake, telling her daughter to look after her two younger sisters, Moya and Biddy. Margaret Goff's suicide attempt was unsuccessful and she returned home, but the event left a permanent scar on young P.L. (then known as Lyndon). Mary Poppins herself was at least partially inspired by Helen Morehead, a maid and great aunt who had come to stay with P.L. Travers and her two sisters after her mother's suicide attempt. Referred to as Aunt Ellie, she was a reliable relative who brought order and discipline to the household. Much like Mary Poppins in the books, she was also formidable, bossy and stern. In addition, she carried with her a parrot umbrella.

Aug 18, 2018

I read the first four Mary Poppins books recently and am not really tempted to read the rest, but the 1964 Disney film is reasonably faithful to the first (and best) book. The aptly-named Saving Mr Banks provides some biographical insight that will likely be less interesting to a younger audience.

Jun 28, 2018

Gives me a new perspective on Mary Poppins!

Mar 19, 2018

Excellent movie about Walt Disney and the woman who created Mary Poppins.

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WVMLMichelle Jun 24, 2015

Don't you ever stop dreaming. You can be anyone you want to be.

May 15, 2014

Travers Goff (voiceover): "...Winds in the east... mist coming in... like something is brewing... about to begin... Can't put me finger... on what lies in store... but I feel what's to happen... all happened before..."

Mar 30, 2014

Much more from imdb-----Walt Disney: "No whimsy or sentiment!" says the woman who sends a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children.
P.L. Travers: You think Mary Poppins is saving the children, Mr. Disney?
[Walt and the other filmmakers are stunned silent]
P.L. Travers: Oh, dear!
[Walks away]

Mar 30, 2014

From imbd: Walt Disney: George Banks and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.


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