I don’t often go to the movies. Not because I don’t enjoy a good movie, but because I can’t sit still and watch them. I truly believe that everyone has some ADD in them, and this is where you see mine. I much prefer watching a movie at home because I can sit and sew as I watch it. I have to really want to see a movie to go see it at the theatre. Months back when I first saw the preview for Saving Mr. Banks I knew that it would be a movie I wanted to see enough to go to the theatre for. It was offically released on December 20, and since Jason wanted to see it too, I figured going to see it would be a great thing to do on our anniversary (December 23).
If you know me, or have read even a few of my blog posts, than you know that I am a huge Walt Disney fan. He ranks very high on my list of people I admire most, so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was over the idea of seeing a movie that was about him! Yep, I had to see Saving Mr. Banks. Now the question you’re all asking…did I like it? Yes, I did like the movie, but it was different than I expected. I wouldn’t say that it’s a movie that I would want to watch over and over, but I am very glad I saw it, and I would happily watch it again.
Saving Mr. Banks is the story about how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) came to make the movie Mary Poppins. It took him twenty years to get P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to reluctantly agree to let it happen. The story takes place in two different time periods because while it looks at the collaboration that went on for the movie it also looks at the life Travers had as a child and how it shaped her stories about Mary Poppins. It is a story based on both fiction and fact. The writers spent hours going through the Disney archives to get things as accurate as possible, but only Walt Disney and P.L. Travers know what was said during many of their conversations, and since they aren’t saying anything it was up to the writers to come up with the conversations.
I have already heard the word “Oscar” whispered about the film and I think it’s easy to see why. The movie makes you smile, laugh, cry, and think. The acting was absolutely fantastic. I can’t think of anyone better to play Walt than Tom Hanks, and Emma Thompson was superb. P.L. Travers required that all of the work time to be recorded on tape, and during the credits you get to hear a bit of one of the actual recordings. If you stay to listen to the recording you’ll be able to truly see what a wonderful job Thompson did in her portrayal of Travers.
Saving Mr. Banks is rated PG-13, and I agree with the rating. While it might be a movie about the creator of Mickey it really isn’t little kid friendly. You can now finding it playing in all major theatres .