"SAVING MR. BANKS"
(2013) (Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: Walt Disney and his staff try to convince author P.L. Travers to approve their movie adaptation of her classic work, "Mary Poppins."
- It's 1961 and P.L. Travers (EMMA THOMPSON) is the author of the famous children's book, "Mary Poppins," a tale she partially based on growing up in the early 1900s. Back then, she was a girl by the name of Ginty (ANNIE BUCKLEY) who moved with her parents, Robert (COLIN FARRELL) and Margaret Goff (RUTH WILSON), and two younger sisters to a small town in Queensland, Australia where her dad took a job working at the local bank. She loved her dad's interaction with her and his imaginative demeanor, but his hard drinking and later illness eventually took a toll on him, thus necessitating the outside help of Aunt Ellie (RACHEL GRIFFITHS).
Because of her deep personal connection to that and the subsequent work, P.L. is quite protective of Mary Poppins and has resisted two decades of attempts by Walt Disney (TOM HANKS) to turn her book into a movie. But with nothing new in the works and no more royalty checks coming in, she finally agrees to meet with Walt in Los Angeles. Picked up by her hired driver, Ralph (PAUL GIAMATTI), the author heads for the Disney studio where she not only meets Walt, but also one of the film's writers, Don DaGradi (BRADLEY WHITFORD), as well as the songwriting duo of Dick Sherman (JASON SCHWARTZMAN) and Bob Sherman (B.J. NOVAK).
They've come up with a number of songs to include in the film, a thought that horrifies P.L. right along with any notion of anything animated appearing in the film. With final say of how the material will be handled, P.L. turns out to be quite the cantankerous handful for Walt and his team. As they try to work their magic on her and convince her of their artistic choices, she reflects back on her childhood that influenced her own work and the way she behaves today.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Younger kids might if they're fans of "Mary Poppins." Older kids might for the performances and back-story about the making of that film.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements including some unsettling images.
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