Actors: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell
Director: John Lee Hancock
Writers: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
Release Date: December 20, 2013
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins (1964), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
The making of Disney’s Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson portrays Mrs. Travers well with an always present “I smelled something foul” look on her face. She annoys you but not to an extreme. Tom Hanks brings life to a difficult situation, making sure the movie has a spoon full of sugar, bring heart to Saving Mr. Banks.
The Flashbacks of Traver’s life are well laid out and give a great understanding to what Mary Poppins meant to her creator.
At the very end of the movie the real tapes of Mrs. Traver’s recordings are heard and thought Emma Thompson did a good job portraying the sense of righteousness that the author of Mary Poppins exhibits. Saving Mr. Banks was a fun look at the making of a childhood classic.