Running Time: 2 hours; 5 minutes
Genre(s): Biography, Comedy, Drama
Rating: PG-13 – There are some unsettling scenes and adult social behaviour that you might have to discuss with your kids.
What is Saving Mr. Banks All About?
It is the story of how Walt Disney left nothing to chance as he was trying to convince a reluctant P. L. Travers to allow him to take her beloved book Mary Poppins to adapt it to the silver screen, and the friendship that grows between them along the way.
Features of Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray and DVD:
• The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to The Present – John Lee Hancock leads a tour of the Walt Disney Studios lot. He discusses what studio life was like during the making of Mary Poppins, as well as how Walt Disney’s spirit is still alive and present today!
• “Let’s Got Fly a Kite” – The cast and crew surprised Composer Richard Sherman (one of the song writers of the iconic Mary Poppins film) on his last day of filming by singing this popular song as a tribute to him.
• Deleted Scenes – See extra bit of the movie you may not have seen at the theatre or while view the final cut shown on blu-ray to add to this experience!
What Parents Should Look Out For In Saving Mr. Banks:
• Some Questionable One-Liners – There were one or two lines that your children may ask you about that you may have pause the movie to discuss. They are not too offensive, but they are there.
• Drinking – There are more than a few scenes of people drinking, or being drunk after drinking. Most of the drinking during the film was for character development, but there are some scenes where drinking was not used for this purpose. I had to talk with my eldest daughter about some of these scenes in order for her to understand what was happening and why it was happening.
• Unsettling Scenes – There are a few scenes that may make your child feel uncomfortable due to what was being shown. Again, it was used to tell what was happening to one of the characters, but I felt you had to know.
What Did We Think about Saving Mr. Banks?
Emma Thomson was amazing as P. L. Travers! Thomson is such a versatile actor. From time to time throughout the film, I could hear remnants of Julie Andrews’ portrayal of Mary Poppins! There were other times when Thomson would steal the scene with a witty one-liner, humorously shocking both the characters with her in the scene, as well as viewers at the theatres.
I thought Tom Hanks did a good job portraying the iconic Walt Disney in this film.
He was very warm and sweet. My favourite part of Hank’s performance was when he described his relationship with his father to P. L. Travers. He did it in order to get Travers to see that they had a lot more in common then she realized. This was probably the most genuine moment between the two principle cast members, and it was great to watch.
Paul Giamatti was very sweet as Ralph, P. L. Travers’ driver while she was being wooed by Disney to release the rights to Mary Poppins to him. Giamatti was sweet, funny and endearing, and he and Thomson played well off of each other.
I think Colin Farrell had the most interesting role to play as Travers Goff, P. L. Travers’ father. He went from this happy family man to this dark and very troubled man who succumbed to his problems, shaping P. L. Travers’ future. I think Farrell’s performance became better and better the darker his character became.
My Rating of Saving Mr. Banks – 3.5 out of 5. Emma Thompson’s role was the absolute best part of this film. Overall, it was a good film, but not a fabulous film. I did really like how it is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the making of this iconic movie, and all of the information you learn about what happened in order to get P. L. Travers to approve Mary Poppins to be made, but it just was not one of my favourite films to watch.
Saying this, I think Mary Poppins enthusiasts will love this film. Pick up this movie and judge for yourself!
For more information about Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, you can visit the official website at http://movies.disney.com/saving-mr-banks/
See my post about the advance screening of Saving Mr. Banks HERE