Dec 20, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks

Guest Blogger: Ronald K Lewis Jr. 


Saving Mr. Banks, the new biopic from Disney, is a film that I would recommend; in particular to fans of the 1964 film Mary Poppins. It is an extremely well done movie; both in terms of writing, and also acting. It is a film that will touch you, though it is a nostalgic vehicle to be sure. It is a film that will offer insight to the creative process, and to the soul that is poured into it.

The film revolves around Walt Disney's attempts to acquire the rights to create a film based off of P. L. Traver's Mary Poppins books. Tom Hanks offers another well-done performance as Disney; and Emma Thompson delivers an excellent performance as Travers. The pair, even when at each others' throats, play well off of each other. The rest of the cast delivers as well; though not every one of them.

The story moves along slowly for the first half, building eventually into a poignant second half. The action shifts between flashbacks to Traver's childhood, which are used as a vehicle to show the inspirations she used for her later books, and 1960's Los Angeles.  Interspersing the story with moments of sadness, and joy.  

The directing of the film was serviceable, nothing too flashy or complex; then again it is a biopic, not a summer blockbuster. While the film is family friendly, I cannot say that it'd be a good fit for children, both due to the subject matter of the film, and also its two hour length. However, if you have time, I would recommend it for a watch. Even if just for nostalgia’s sake.


Ronald K Lewis Jr is a writer, and amateur film critic (Amongst other things) 

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