SAVING MR. BANKS (BFI London Film Festival London, England 2013)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Stars ìììì

Saving Mr. Banks—do NOT miss this film. It made it to Ben Meyers’ Best of the Favorites film list. I believe it to be one of the best live action Disney movies made. The film tells the story of P.L. Travers, the writer of the Mary Poppin stories, and the difficulties Disney had in acquiring film rights from this author, and then in working with her as a creative writer. While some of the transitions between scenes (such as the transition between P. L. Travers as an adult to a young girl in Australia) are a little blunt, the insight into Walt Disney’s character as he engages, at the human level, with this writer are priceless. Emma Thompson prances through this character’s soul as if she is P.L. Travers—one of the best performances I’ve seen for some time. The film delivers a completely satisfying experience from beginning to end.


Additional Thanks

This is an absolutely Best Work for Director John Lee Hancock. Thank you to Executive Producers Christine Langan, Andrew Mason, and Troy Lum for making the film possible. Outstanding scoring by Music Composer Thomas Newman. Terrific script writing by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Additional casting includes: Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), Ginty (Annie Rose Buckley), Travers Goff (Colin Farrell), Margaret Goff (Ruth Wilson), Ralph (Paul Giamatti), Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford), Robert Sherman (B. J. Novak), and Richard Sherman (Jason Scwartzman).


Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes.

Ben Meyers

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