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'Saving Mr. Banks' is a brilliant film, but it doesn't spread Christmas cheer

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Saving Mr. Banks


It’s Christmas Eve Day – a heartwarming day when the stresses of everyday life fade away and families can join together for a peaceful and enjoyable evening of holiday festivities. But before this year’s evening began, my family and I snuck away to see one of this year’s Christmas presents – “Saving Mr. Banks,” (released today, December 24, 2013) which depicts the surprisingly tumultuous story of Marry Poppins’ magical journey onto the silver screen.

“Saving Mr. Banks” wasn’t quite the uplifting Christmas film that we’d hoped, or expected to see this evening. The film depicts the battle between the curmudgeonly author of Marry Poppins, P.L. Travers (portrayed by Emma Thompson) and the lively, jubilant, joyful Walt Disney (played by Tom Hanks) as they clashed on how to best adapt Travers’ beloved children’s novel, “Mary Poppins,” for the big screen.

As Travers fights to keep her beloved character from becoming one of Walt Disney’s “foolish,” child-like animated pictures, she is forced to relive her difficult and depressing past that inspired her to create the magical English nanny. The film powerfully projects Travers’ internal struggle as she decides whether or not she can entrust Walt Disney to capture the essence of her cherished story, which is, in fact, a reflection of her personal life. Although audiences are well aware of the end result of the creative dispute between Travers and Disney, Travers internal conflict is so immensely powerful that it brought many audience members to tears.

“Saving Mr. Banks” isn’t simply a PR move to glorify the Disney Corporation, and although it does “Disney-fy” certain aspects of the story, it portrays the events in an unexpectedly honest and candid manner. This isn’t a film that will make audiences smile the whole way through and remind them of the magic of Christmastime – that’s what Disney’s other Christmas film, “Frozen” is for – “Saving Mr. Banks” is a film that shows the dark and very human roots of one of Disney’s most heartwarming and magical films.

Although I don’t recommend seeing “Saving Mr. Banks” on Christmas Day, it’s certainly worth watching. The film doesn’t have the uplifting, magical Disney charm that moviegoers are looking for after unwrapping presents, but it has a beauty about it that will be appreciated once the Christmas cheer has begun to fade and moviegoers are seeking an entertaining and enjoyable viewing experience that isn’t all about Christmas cheer.

For more movie news and reviews please subscribe, but read my other articles later, for now go off and enjoy the holidays. Thank you all for reading what I write, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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