Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Arts & Entertainment
  3. Movies

'Saving Mr. Banks' a glorious emotionally engrossing entertainment

See also

Saving Mr. Banks

Rating:
Star5
Star
Star
Star
Star

Though the 1964 classic "Mary Poppins" may be one of Walt Disney's most beloved films of all time, it very nearly never happened. It took a mountain of patience and 20 years of cajoling from Disney himself to secure the film rights to his daughters' favorite book. The story of and behind the final battle between Disney and Poppins author P.L.Travers comes to life in the glorious old fashioned entertainment "Saving Mr. Banks."

This sumptuously photographed year end gem seamlessly alternates between the 1961 story of Disney and Travers and that of a young girl (a wonderfully sympathetic Annie Rose Buckley) and her alcoholic dreamer father (a top notch Colin Farrell) in early turn of the century Australia. While the Australian story is heartbreaking, the Tinseltown town tale is a heartwarming celebration of creative genius and compassionate human existence and their story arcs are beautifully paralleled and merged.

Emma Thompson gives the performance of her career as the haunted, uber stiff upper lip serious and intractable Travers, a role that seems as though it's been waiting for her to catch up with it. Tom Hanks superbly embodies Disney in the manner we know and love him for and Paul Giamatti is at his warm and nuanced best as Travers' chauffeur. The delightful Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman as the frazzled screenwriter and the tunesmith Sherman Brothers gamely sing and dance before a woman dead set against musical numbers and nostalgically recall and reaffirm their magical power.

You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll rejoice with this must-see film that would have no doubt left Disney and Travers themselves heartily satisfied.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Jack White
    Reddit users have fun photoshopping an angry Jack White at a Cubs game
    Music Buzz
  • Kliff Kingsbury
    Kliff Kingsbury reads a series of flattering tweets praising his good looks
    Video
    Today's Buzz
  • Jamaal Charles
    Kansas City Chiefs make Jamaal Charles the second highest paid running back in NFL
    NFL Buzz
  • Slash
    Slash and The Conspirators crush it at Hard Rock, AP Awards
    Camera
    20 Photos
  • Monks of Mellonwah
    Exclusive interview: Monks of Mellonwah talk music, touring and more
    Camera
    9 Photos
  • Nikki Bella
    How will fans react if the WWE decides to turn Nikki Bella into a heel?
    Camera
    5 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Lucy
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518325332" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518325332&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Life Itself
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518254934" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518254934&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Lucy
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518325332" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518325332&autoStart=true"></div>