Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Critic Consensus: Aggressively likable and sentimental to a fault, Saving Mr. Banks pays tribute to the Disney legacy with excellent performances and sweet, high-spirited charm.
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as P.L. Travers
as Walt Disney
as Robert Goff Travers
as Don DaGradi
as Richard Morton Sherman
as Robert Sherman
as Margaret Goff
as Aunt Ellie
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The whole thing leaves you with an appalling chill. It feels like a warning from Hollywood to the ambivalent creators of anything: Take the spoonful of sugar or we'll force-feed it to you.
Pencil Thompson in now for an Oscar nomination, and maybe a win, and prepare to leave the theater humming the iconic songs.
The sap doesn't run too thick, although it does run, and the movie certainly has a patented Disney upbeat feel much of the time. It's more a spoonful of sugar than medicine for aging baby boomer's souls.
Saving Mr Banks is a merciless film. It hits you with every sentimental low blow it can think of. Then it pounds you again. And when you're down, it jumps on you.
Audience Reviews for Saving Mr. Banks
"INSPIRED by the extraordinary backstory of how Disney's classic "Mary Poppins" made it to the screen." Sure they must have distorted the facts to turn it in Disney's favor, thereby making it inspirational!! While maybe a bit dramatic, the transformation of Emma's character seemed quite unrealistic. The story may work better for children, I guess. For me, even Emma and Hanks' efforts/performances proved short for Saving Mr. Banks.
Like practically the entire world I got history with Disney and so went into this with huge expectations. Big mistake. Halfway through I began wishing Travers' kin had made it instead of Disney's, if only to get a less biased viewpoint. As it is we're left with a work wherein Emma Thompson, one of the modern day greats, plays one note (bitch) for an hour and a half, and another ("I'm sorry, you were right, Unca Walt.") for the last half hour. And she's the lucky one. Tom Hanks only gets one note to play ("I'm a good guy trying to put up with you, you bitch.") It's uninspired to say the least and the reason the work disappeared as quickly as it did. Colin Farrell, Rachel Griffiths (who I love), et al? Woefully unused. This is ONLY for the unabashed Disney fan, or as an glaring example of how money ultimately writes history.
Glacial story development, and just down-right dull. Not a single noteworthy performance. How can a movie about a musical be so one-note? It may have taken Disney 20 years to make the "Mary Poppins" film -- and I felt each minute of the wait watching this snoozer.
Saving Mr. Banks Quotes
|P.L. Travers:||If you so much as step foot in here with that trolley, I shall scream. One cannot live on cake alone!|
|Robert Goff Travers:||A man must shave, for to spare his daughters cheeks.|
|P.L. Travers:||What is wrong with his leg?|
|Richard Morton Sherman:||He got shot.|
|P.L. Travers:||That's hardly surprising. Can I expect anymore drama from anyone else?|
|Ralph:||This is your night. None of this would be possible without you.|
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