Saving Mr. Banks is a movie that will move you. The movie, set in two time periods, the early 1960s and flashbacks to Pamela Travers childhood, is a heart-wrenching story of how the author of Mary Poppins came to terms with handing over the rights of Mary Poppins to animation king, Walt Disney.
About The Movie
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. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
I was intrigued by the flashbacks, because in a child’s eyes, parents are magical. And for Travers, her dad Mr. Banks was everything. Even if he was a bumbling alcohol who couldn’t keep a job or keep his head on at times. He was an unsuccessful bank manager.
Walt Disney seemed like he was very patient to the persnickety PL Travers. And she was a tough nut to crack but you’ll enjoy the moments when she finally lets up and shows a little human side. You’ll find that even though her heart seemed as hard as stone at times, she really was a softie who only wanted to preserve her dad’s memory as a good man. That moment and that realization made me cry right along with Travers during a heart-tugging moment at the movies as she watched Mary Poppins come to life on-screen.
This movie is a story. A journey. And you’ll smile and feel the warmth emanating from the screen. It makes you fee good and FEEL for a woman who seemed like she was too mean for her own good. Go see Saving Mr Banks. It’ll make you laugh, cry and your heart will skip a beat.