Sunday, February 02, 2014
Saving Mr. Banks (Kelly Marcel & Sue Smith)
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Jason Schwartzman, Kathy Baker, Rachel Griffiths
Why I loved this film: It tells the tale behind the making of Disney's beloved classic 'Mary Poppins', but it is so much more than just a typical making of a movie. It allows us to appreciate the trials and tribulations Disney had to go through to make his piece of art. However, it is also about P.L. Travers and why Mary Poppins holds such a special place in her heart.
Director John Lee Hancock does a great job of making this film something truly special. He balances witty humour with emotional depth, but does so without being too sappy or melodramatic.
The performances are top-notch. Tom Hanks makes a pretty good Disney, but the real standouts are Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell. They give strong dimensional performances that make us truly care for the characters. Colin Farrell really surprised me.
Overall, 'Saving Mr. Banks' is a truly great and beautifully told film. It is an example of why we go to the movies and what Disney stands for as an entertainment corporation. Definitely worth seeing!