SAVING MR. BANKS: THE REVIEW

Another film the kernels could not make was this Disneyised film about Walt Disney and P.L. Travers (author of Mary Poppins) and the making of Mary Poppins. It is still on my must see list. I was having a conversation with a work colleague about the film and I realised he also promoted film and discussed the ins and outs, the fine and the crap of movies on his YouTube channel – FLICKSPOT – they are on a momentary hiatus with a relaunch in February so I asked Kerryn Williams to guest review SAVING MR. BANKS. Enjoy his review below, the movie is out now is rated PG and runs for 125mins.

 

Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, Kerryn Williams, Saving Mr Banks, Mary Poppins, Review, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith, John Lee Hancock
SAVING MR. BANKS Movie Poster

 

Suburban Queensland, Australia 1906, a young girl gleefully allows the sun to dapple her nose and the wind to flatter her hair. As she lies on a well cut lawn without a care in the world, things are about to change. Enter Travers Robert Goff (Colin Farrell), a well-dressed dapper man with a charming English accent. His eyes show he’s absolute love for his daughter but also the concealment of an underlying trouble. Before long he explains to his young Ginty that they are to be on the road for a new life in the outback. Unfortunately, for those familiar with the distinct Australian dusty red hues, the filmmakers opted for something closer to home and as a result it was all filmed in Californian Oakwood which is a bit of a shame but can be overlooked.

The charm of this movie slowly grows on you, so where do we go from here. 1961 England and P.L. Travers (two time Oscar winner Emma Thompson) scorns her publicist for making her go all the way to Los Angeles to meet with filmmaker Walt Disney. Her lips purse and she fusses about with a punctilious demeanour, we draw the conclusion this is the little girl all grown up half way-round the world.

 

Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, Kerryn Williams, Saving Mr Banks, Mary Poppins, Review, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith, John Lee Hancock
Emma Thompson and Paul Giamatti in SAVING MR. BANKS

 

From the start we view through flash backs two different characters, a young girl carefree and a woman uptight, defensive and fastidious. Thompson stamps her authority on her two previous little gold statues (Oscars) and delivers a thought provoking performance of Travers.

Saving Mr Banks is the story of bringing to life the story of Mary Poppins from the pages of a book to the tunes of a Disney Musical. Mary Poppins is a wonderful piece of childhood that we have all come to love and cherish with it’s palate of warm songs, to the iconic silhouette of a nanny that – well – ‘floats in through the window’. This albeit doesn’t sound like a book from a pensive tardy author you might say. Well in truth this is the journey of discovery, of trust and above all to save someone, someone close. Across the big old blue, Travers relents and agrees to meet Mr Disney or Walt as he prefers, to negotiate the terms of the film rights. From there Walt, played by the superb Tom Hanks, pulls all the tricks to convince Travers to trust him and allow him to bring her most sacred creation to the silver screen.

 

Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, Kerryn Williams, Saving Mr Banks, Mary Poppins, Review, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith, John Lee Hancock
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks in SAVING MR. BANKS

 

Aside from Walt being portrayed a little too ‘angel’ like, as this is after all a Disney release, there’s so much to love about this movie. It’s wonderfully shot and the cast are exquisite. There’s some real emotion to be found and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I have to admit I do have a soft spot for all things Disney, however, it’s nice to know that even the most pessimistic of people can find that little bit of magic in their lives.

Collin Farrell turns in a truly remarkable performance and one that strikes close to some personal issues he has suffered and overcome in the past. There’s a nice little appearance by the great Rachel Griffiths and add a dash of class from Paul Giamatti and this little gem of a movie is on the classic shelf already.

 

Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, Kerryn Williams, Saving Mr Banks, Mary Poppins, Review, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith, John Lee Hancock
Rachel Griffiths as Mary Poppins in SAVING MR. BANKS

 

The title ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ I’ll leave for the audience to discover as I feel the emotional connection should be experienced firsthand. But please seek out some tuppence, take a spoon full of sugar and take this journey, it will not disappoint.

(Salty insider knowledge – Stay around in the credits to hear actual recordings of P.L Travers discussing the production with the co-writers and Walt on set.)

 

KERNEL KERRYN’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

KERNEL CLAIRE’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops

KERNEL BEN’S POP SCORE:

4 Pops