Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, The Rookie) brings us the tale of the tale of Mary Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks. It takes place during the two weeks author PL Travers, the creator of the character, spent in Los Angeles, California with Walt Disney himself and the Sherman Brothers creating this film.
The film portrays PL Travers as a harsh, vindictive, rude, pompous woman who makes the most ridiculous demands of the production team because she does not want her titular character to be “whimsical” like other Walt Disney characters. Along the way, as Walt tries to get the rights to the film from her, she absolutely demands that there be no animation.
Walt and his team try to bribe, manipulate, and push Mrs. Travers into selling them the rights to Mary Poppins, but it seems no matter what they do, Mrs. Travers is an elephant in a china shop.
Meanwhile, you get some insight into her background with flashbacks to her childhood and the time with her dad.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson deliver an outstanding and award winning performance as Walt Disney and PL Travers. I was impressed with everything about this film and I highly recommend it to those looking for an inspirational story.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Mild language, scenes of intoxication, mild thematic elements
- Emma Thompson as Pamela “P. L.” Travers, author of Mary Poppins
- Tom Hanks as Walt Disney, filmmaker and producer of the film
- Colin Farrell as Travers Robert Goff, Pamela’s father
- Ruth Wilson as Margaret Goff, Pamela’s mother
- Paul Giamatti as Ralph, Pamela’s chauffeur
- Rachel Griffiths as Aunt Ellie, Margaret’s sister
- Bradley Whitford as Don DaGradi, co-writer of the 1964 film.
- Jason Schwartzman as Richard M. Sherman, composer/lyricist
- B. J. Novak as Robert B. Sherman, composer/lyricist
- Kathy Baker as Tommie, a trusted studio executive
- Melanie Paxson as Dolly (Dolores Voght Scott), Walt Disney’s secretary
- Annie Rose Buckley as a young P. L. Travers, Helen Goff, nicknamed “Ginty”.
- Ronan Vibert as Diarmuid Russell, Pamela’s agent