Melrose High School, Melrose, MA

Melrose High School, Melrose, MA

Monday, January 13, 2014

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks


             “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!” As declared by one of our most beloved characters of all time, Mary Poppins.  Based on the screenplay by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, John Lee Hancock directs the hysterical and heart-wrenching film, Saving Mr. Banks. Tom Hanks plays a convincing Walt Disney while Emma Thompson takes on the difficult task of adapting to the finicky tendencies of P.L. Travers, the author of the original Mary Poppins book.
            Throughout the film, P.L. Travers goes on a hilarious and life-changing journey to meet Walt Disney, who is most interested in turning her book into a film.  Disney gathers a creative team to collaborate some of their most brilliant ideas for the film, which Travers rejects left and right. He soon comes to realize the P.L. Travers is not easily convinced and that it will take quite some time to get any of the rights to make the movie of his dreams.
            Through the overall experience is rather uncomfortable for Travers, she learns the importance of letting go of her traumatizing and ultimately burdening past.  Emma Thompson’s performance will make audience members in every theater laugh, cry, and question her bizarre mannerisms.  P.L. Travers’ story will no doubt capture the hearts of many.  This movie is recommended for the people of all ages and specifically for people who enjoy the light-hearted spirit of Mary Poppins.      

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