Saving Mr Banks Review

On the weekend, I went out to my bestie’s (Jo) place and watched a movie Saving Mr. Banks. Which for those not in know is about Walt Disney’s quest to make Mary Poppins into a movie. One of the cool things was that they obviously got into the Disney archives to hear actual recordings of P. L. Travers (who wrote Mary Poppins) herself discussing the film with the Sherman brothers (who wrote the music for the film) at the end credits. I really enjoyed the film and if you’re a fan of writers and Hollywood at all, you’ll love this film too. Tom Hanks is fantastic as Walt Disney, who promised his daughters he’d make a movie out of Mary Poppins, a book they adored. Emma Thompson shines as P. L. Travers, who initially outright refused to consider a film adaptation, for reasons that become clear later in this tale. 

The amount of work the producers that went into the details of the film was phenomenal. They even shut down part of Disneyland for a while and redecorated it in the style of the early ’60s—which they obviously reproduced from photographs of the era. Disney recreated Walt’s office to a T, again using old photographs as the basis for handcrafting replacements for the many toys and models he kept in his place. Two thumbs up!

Published by theirishduck

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