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Saving Mr. Banks [DVD]
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The story of how Walt Disney courted P.L. Travers into letting him option the rights to MARY POPPINS is brought to the screen in this non-fiction drama starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell. A doting father, Walt Disney (Hanks) promises his adoring daughters that he will bring their favorite fictional nanny Mary Poppins to the big screen. Little does Walt realize that surly author P.L. Travers has no intention of seeing her most famous creation bastardized for moviegoers, a fact that makes keeping his promise a difficult endeavor. Years later, however, when Travers' book sales begin to slow, dwindling finances drive her to schedule a meeting with Disney to discuss the film rights to the beloved story. For two weeks in 1961, a determined Disney does his absolute best to convince Travers that the film version of MARY POPPINS will be a wondrous and respectful adaptation, meanwhile the author only grows more convinced that she has made the right move in preventing the proposed film adaptation. Later, just when it begins to appear that the rights to MARY POPPINS have slipped through his fingers, the ingenious Disney reflects back on his childhood, and realizes that a sensitive chapter from Travers' youth could be the key to clinching the deal. Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti, and Jason Schwartzman co-star.
Emma Thompson, Thom Hanks, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti
"Wringing every ounce of repressed heartbreak and winsome crabbiness out of the role, Thompson gives her best performance in years..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future. Emma Thompson, in particular, is magic."
"Thompson gives a master class on playing the snippy sour lemon." -- Grade: B+
"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
"[With] a savvy script that sticks to the truth only when it needs to and an actress who gives a gleeful, ripsnorter of a performance."
Los Angeles Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "The legions who grew up on Disney's Mary Poppins will find it delightfully satisfying to hear snippets of its enormously catchy songs and watch its captivating creative journey."
3 stars out of 4 -- "Thompson is a spit-spot pleasure in the role, sharp-tongued and deadpan-hilarious."
"Director John Lee Hancock gives us a stylized and gorgeous version of 1961 Los Angeles."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[I]nspired by a Disney fairy tale based on fact: the making of MARY POPPINS....Serving it all with panache is a standout ensemble of seasoned players..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "[A] richly rendered, engrossing dramatization of Walt Disneys efforts to adapt Traverss novel 'Mary Poppins' into one of his confectionery extravaganzas..."
"The film cleverly plays our sympathies both ways, encouraging us at different times to identify with the viewpoint of the big-hearted, innocently mystified Americans and that of the witty, sharply intelligent, suffer-no-fools Travers..."
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