Mini Review: Saving Mr. Banks

IMG_2400I’d been waiting a long time to see Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.  As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Mary Poppins (the movie) and I are the same age and the movie’s songs hold a special place in my heart.  The story behind the story was something I thought too good to miss – the addition of Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers made the movie even more appealing to me.

I tried to avoid reading reviews of any kind before going to see Saving Mr. Banks I knew that the film follows Mrs. Travers and Walt Disney over a two-week period leading up to the filming of Mary Poppins.  I also knew the movie would include several flashbacks to P. L. Travers’ childhood – presumably dealing with what happened during her formative years that led to the invention of Mary Poppins in P. L. Travers’ books.  I’d heard enough to know to expect the near-perfect recreation of 1961 Disneyland – I was excited to see that for myself.

Raymond and I went to a late afternoon matinee yesterday.  After a movie, I always want to chat about it on the way home – the plot, the characters, the best parts, the funniest lines, etc.  When we got in the car to go home, Raymond said enthusiastically that he’d liked Saving Mr. Banks a lot.  I said nothing at all.  This did not go unnoticed – let’s face it – anytime I’m quiet is unusual.  After we got home, Raymond again mentioned how much he’d enjoyed the movie and asked me if my lack of response meant I hadn’t liked it.

I did like the movie.  Very much, in fact.  I was just unprepared for it.  I suppose the previews made me think it would be mostly lighthearted and fun.  There were happy and funny parts, sure, but for the most part, I found the film unexpectedly intense.  There was a depth to P. L. Travers and her story I hadn’t expected (what I get for refusing to read any reviews) and, instead of making me want to talk about the film – that intensity made me want to think about the film, its plot, the characters, the best parts, the funniest lines and so on.  I’m thinking about it still.

If you’ve planned on seeing Saving Mr. Banks during the holidays – go!  It’s genuinely a good movie with an unexpectedly touching story that has nothing and everything to do with Mary Poppins.  Every single character makes their own special contribution to the story’s overall success.  When you get back, I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.


The Disney Twitterverse – Week ending 11/16/13



What the Disney Peeps Were Tweeting About Last Week:

  • Disney Holiday Celebrations – still a very hot topic.  If you’re interested in seeing what’s up, check out the Disney Parks Blog for awesome pics and details.
  • Magic Bands and Fast Pass Plus – rollout and testing continue right along with the controversy about the whole MyMagic+ project.  Many tweets linked to this article in the Orlando Sentinel about the project’s scope, schedule and delays.
  • Disney Cruise Line announced and opened booking for early 2015 itineraries.  AllDSCN1683 four Disney Cruise Line ships (Magic, Wonder, Dream, and Fantasy)  will begin 2015 cruising out of Florida.  If you’ve been dreaming of a first Disney cruise, that might be a great opportunity to take one.  Rumors persist of possible Mediterranean and Baltic cruises later in 2015 aboard the newly redesigned Magic – I’m holding out for one of THOSE!  Learn more about the 2015 cruises here or at Disney Cruise Line.
  • Saving Mr. Banks – This movie is generating tons of interest.  The film stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. From the official website: “Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep.”  Opens in select theaters December 13th and everywhere on December 20th.  Personally, I’m excited to see what all the hubbub is about.

What were YOU tweeting about last week?