In 1961 the persistent and patient literary agent of P.L. Travers finally convinces her to travel from London to Hollywood to decide whether she wants to sign over the movie rights to her children’s book Mary Poppins. Walt Disney has been trying to meet with her for 20 years after promising his children to make a film of the popular series of books.
Saving Mr. Banks is directed by John Lee Hancock (The Rookie) who assembled an outstanding cast. Emma Thompson (right) as Travers has never been better as she spits out barbs and zingers in her effort to control every situation. Yet seeing the story of Travers’ childhood, we have empathy for her as she slowly opens her clenched fists and reaches out to others.
Tom Hanks’ (left) folksy depiction of Disney comes across as genuine. His scenes are done with a tenderness and grace that only this veteran actor could bring to them. The top-notch screenplay is a gem filled with funny lines, warm emotions and several speeches that touch the heart. Saving Mr. Banks shows the tenderizing of a critical and persnickety writer (Walt Disney Pictures, PG-13 — thematic elements, including some upsetting images).
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