New Year means more new movies to see! More like every day of every year I am ready for new movies! My friend and I had been waiting for this movie for a while, so we were so excited we finally had the time to go check it out. Plus we love anything to do with Disney, so this movie was perfect for us!
The movie is about Walt Disney, played by the always lovely Tom Hanks, trying to have P.L. Travers, fantastically portrayed by Emma Thompson, agree to give him the movie rights of her beloved Mary Poppins. Travers proves to be rather stubborn, and Disney along with screenwriter Don DaGradi(Bradley Whitford) and songwriters Robert and Richard Sherman(B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman) try their very best to tolerate her.
Along with the story of Mary Poppins being turned into a film, the other half was a biography of the life of P.L. Travers, whose real name is Helen Goff. We get insight to the inspiration of Mary Poppins, by seeing bits from her childhood. Much of which surrounds her relationship with her father, Travers Goff, played by one of my many lovers Colin Farrell.
The acting was so good, I mean with Thompson and Hanks, you can't expect any less. But they really brought the people to life, and even more than that Thompson made this seemingly unbearable woman, rather entertaining. And how they made sure to at least try and put as much authenticity into the personalities. Before I saw the movie, I watched an interview with Tom Hanks on Ellen, he talked about how Walt Disney was a heavy smoker and how he was always smoking. Hanks wanted to capture that in the film, so you see him holding a cigarette every once in a while, and you here him coughing to point it out. All because he couldn't actually smoke the cigarette, or the movie would have been rated R. Which makes no sense to me, because Colin Farrell's character was an alcoholic, and he was constantly drinking, but apparently that is still okay in a PG-13 movie, but not smoking. Odd. Anywhos, I thought it was a really interesting idea for us to get an inside look at how a beloved film was actually made.
The only thing I would have wished for was a bit more backstory on the actual Mary Poppins character inspiration. In the movie, it was kind of implied that P.L. Travers' aunt was the inspiration of Mary Poppins, but after doing some research, it does not seem so. In which case, I don't know if that character was completely imagined or what. The movie is called Saving Mr. Banks, not Where Did Mary Fly in From, so I guess it makes sense why we don't get anything on her. On the flip-side, my favorite was the relationship between Travers and her chauffeur Ralph(Paul Giamatti).