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Saving Mr. Banks
In truth, they make the film feel like involuntary channel surfingthe equivalent of switching between a frothy showbiz comedy and a maudlin kitchen si ..
Saving Mr. Banks is an intoxicating kiddie cocktail for young at heart adults, inspired by a Disney fairy tale based on fact: the making of Mary Poppi ..
But Disneys backstage drama about how its whimsical 1964 kids classic Mary Poppins came to be is a delight.
Its a hogwash justification for the Disney philosophy of filmmaking, but as delivered by the consummate pro Hanks, you find yourself halfway believing ..
Saving Mr. Banks is lovely in many ways, including its lead actors, Thompson and Hanks, who are irresistibly winning.But its a tale of two stories, bo ..
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Heartwarming without being soppy, this film makes for a thoroughly enjoyable watch.
Seriously, thats a miracle of packing, but leave it to this proto Poppins to pull it off.
The Australian scenes have a vivid pastoral beauty, and the film as a whole is pleasant enough, yet one wishes there were somehow more to it.
The whole thing goes down with a few bucketloads of sugar. What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Emma Thompson, who plays Travers with wit an ..
But for a while, you can enjoyably ally yourself with a cynical foot dragger.
No wonder the enduring Disney classic ends with Mr Banks himself leading everyone in a tear jerking chorus of Lets Go Fly a Kite; after all, it was hi ..
It is entertaining, though, and Disneys snake oil charm and hint of steel are well packaged by Hanks.
The multi layered narrative keeps the movies pace steady, and allows the deeper emotion of the piece to unfold in perfect timing with the development ..
Ultimately, the film is a tale of memory and redemption that does little to linger in the mind and even less to decry Traverss claim that Disney turns ..
The film is too intelligent and well crafted to dismiss and too good to hate.
So instead director John Lee Hancock piles on earnest whimsy and loads of schmaltz, which makes for a sweet but not terribly interesting tale.
Still, thanks to the particular story it tells and the marvelous actors channeling it, Saving Mr. Banks succeeds in proving Disneys point.
But Disney was right to put it on screen, and right about the animated penguins.
She has final say on the movie and is adamant Poppins have gravitas.
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Despite its likable sheen, breezy style and occasional emotional wallop, Saving Mr. Banks makes the mistake of minimizing, as opposed to illuminating, ..
Whether or not this actually matters depends on how closely you think cinema should resemble a history lesson.
Whether or not this actually matters depends on how closely you think cinema should resemble a history lesson.
It was Disneys first picture to combine animation with live action.
Solid acting is one reason why Saving Mr. Banks works as effectively as it does.
In 1961, some twenty years later, Traverss business manager suggested her financial status demanded she reconsider, and so Travers traveled from Londo ..
Thankfully, this entertaining flick has the power to induce smiles along the way.
At the core of Saving Mr. Banks is a finely acted and insightful look back at the making of one of the crown jewels in the Disney empire, but the film ..
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Travers would have despised it. For the rest of us its an entertaining, affecting, deftly acted saga, interspersed with illustrative flashbacks from T ..
Taken strictly on its own terms, Saving Mr. Banks works exceedingly well as mainstream entertainment.
For all those pluses, the films attempt to meld comedy and drama doesnt quite work well enough to make a great film.The attempt to cut in a bushel of ..
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The film reflects light from other sources but doesnt produce any of its own.
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Reserve that honor for the film that inspired it.But Saving Mr. Banks is still one of the best pictures of the year.
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Its of the maudlin and emotionally manipulative variety, yes, but it still works.
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The beauty of the film, and what makes it touching, is that her interaction with these other artists allows for an even greater exorcism of those demo ..
The performers genuinely seem to want to be here, and this joyful connection comes through clearly onscreen.
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It is a strange, empty and pointless exercise that lets down some talented actors and a witty script.
Although it may seem like a joyous picture about the birth of a classic, Saving Mr. Banks is unexpectedly dark, prone to belaboring its mournful eleme ..
Judged solely on performances, Saving Mr. Banks is sometimes amusing, if you willfully forget the context; Hanks Disney is an amiable yarn spinner who ..
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But Thompson and Hanks, both worthy of Oscar nods, certainly do.Thanks to them, this movie about the making of a movie hits the sweet spot.
In addition, Hancock gets the tone exactly right (aided by Mark Livolsis skillful editing, particularly in the flashback sequences) and theres a splen ..
The top notch screenplay is a gem filled with a potpourri of funny lines, warm emotions, and several speeches that touch the heart.
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The picture offers writers room arguments, piano side performances and scenes of Travers daring to defy the saintly Disney mystique.
This being a Disney movie about a Disney movie, you can expect your cockles to fire up again by the end.
A large Mickey Mouse plush toy appears from time to time to provide an extra touch of humor and warmth.
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P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the persnickety British author of the Mary Poppins books, travels to Hollywood in the early 60s to supervise their adapt ..
Saving Mr. Banks is hard to beat as holiday entertainment. Endure the dull melodrama, and give thanks that the sugar in the rest of the film is doled ..
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Emma Thompson plays P.L. Travers, the author of the book Mary Poppins, in Saving Mr. Banks, and she is anything but warm and fuzzy.Frosty and snippy i ..
The film slaps a prefab happy ending on the bruising collision of ego, art and commerce.
It seems at first as though Hanks is merely twinkly stunt casting, but his big final speech about the power of storytelling provides one of the films ..
And if someone had to play Disney in a movie, a better candidate than Hanks, himself a gleaming icon of wholesome American entertainment, is hard to i ..
Saving Mr. Banks review: behold the unclassic curmudgeon by MaryAnn Johanson A smart, snappy, soulful look at how Mary Poppins got Disneyfied, and the ..
For those who are familiar with the joys of Mary Poppins the movie, there is yet another layer to appreciate, while the emotional climax resounds to a ..
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But though it embraces a host of cliches and tugs all too insistently at the heartstrings even while its main character is flintily British, most view ..
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In fact, there is an awful lot about Travers that is airbrushed out of this Disney picture, presumably for the sake of good old fashioned family enter ..
Saving Mr. Banks does end in tears, but theyre Disney tears, as befits a movie about Disney made by Disney.
Saving Mr Banks might not be entirely accurate, but it is wholly engaging.
Forcing Travers to take a tour of Disneyland, hes a master salesman and Saving Mr. Banks is ultimately much less about magic than making the sale, in ..
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In that regard, it works admirably, which is all you can reasonably ask.It is beautifully cast.
And Hanks, at the end of the film, delivers a soliloquy about the power of storytelling that reminds you of how great Hanks can be.
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And everything is, I guess, if youre looking for a straightforwardly soapy comic melodrama that revisits a little known moment in Hollywood history th ..
Like Disneys Mary Poppins, Saving Mr. Banks is pure movie magic. Its the most captivating film of 2013 for me.
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Susan Grangers review of Saving Mr. Banks (Walt Disney Studios) For those who wonder how movies get made, this is the untold backstory of Walt Disneys ..
Dont get me wrong: Its a highly enjoyable picture, and please feel free to go see it with your relatives and write me a letter telling me what a small ..
There is a sense that Travers herself might have taken issue with the happy ever after tone of Saving Mr Banks (at times its pretty sentimental stuff) ..
The fact that it is entirely predictable, historically questionable and replete with the Disney philosophy that everything in lifeno matter how sad or ..
Hanks and Thompson are a delight, Farrell gives one of his best performances, and there are some lovely moments as we observe the creation of the musi ..
The film brims with thoughtful and engaging performances and is punctuated with smart dashes of music guaranteed to make any audience want to track do ..
This has to be the only movie about the creative process ever to come down against artistic integrity, and its simplistic, sentimental story does a di ..
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Review: Saving Mr. Banks Retelling of story behind Disneys Mary Poppins owes its zing to Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers Mainly the film is a testament ..
Viewing the film from the Disney perspective, this is a light, fun film that shows how the magic of Disney could fix even the most jaded and broken he ..
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Last but not least is Thompson, who is truly wonderful as Travers.
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Still, even if it doesnt quite stick the landing, theres a lot to like here; its a fundamentally decent, very well acted and cannily written film.
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It seems unlikely that the folk behind this sentimental if irresistibly scrumptious paean to mid 20th century escapism would admit to any postmodern i ..
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It is something of an ordeal to sit through this film about such a disputatious character.
Saving Mr. Banks most resembles the 2004 film Finding Neverland, another gooey origin story rewrite of entertainment history shored up with movie star ..
Everyones editorial voice and musical imagination is heard some more than others.
So Disney congratulates itself auto product placement at the highest level.
The picture is eventually about the therapeutic limitations of art even while celebrating the very real effect it can have on people who need it.
Its a wonderful film that deserves your attention, and that you deserve to experience.
All this is done with an entertaining breeziness.Saving Mr. Banks doesnt try to infuse the story with any sort of false importance.
If theres any compelling reason to see this movie, Thompson supplies it.
More interesting is the sparky friction between Travers and Disney but even this feels stifled by a layer of romanticism.
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Its touching to see him react to the setting and the memories the story entails.
If you can enjoy this as a fictional gloss on the real story, it is quite entertaining.
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Disneys printing the legend when facts dont fit the feel good formula.
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Its easy to imagine the real Helen Lyndon Goff balking at the sentimental touches, but you know what they say about a spoonful of sugar..
In the best tradition of Disney, it is a film to make you laugh and cry.
A double dose of sweetness probably can be expected when the Walt Disney company makes a movie about the Walt Disney company making a movie.
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It is a Disney movie about a Disney movie and is therefore relentlessly optimistic and aggrandizing but is redeemed by its show biz backstory and by b ..
The result is a Disney movie for the young at heart an absorbing meditation on the power of imagination, and a thoughtful tale of transformation and g ..
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And with its genial performances and retro cheer, Saving Mr Banks will put a song in your heart.
This brew of story elements as cooked up by screenwriters Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith teaches us something about the obstacles between literature and m ..
The words old fashioned, sentimental and charming come to mind when watching Saving Mr. Banks in a good way.
Mary Poppins should not be romantically involved with chimney sweep Bertoh, and Dick Van Dyke is all wrong for the part!
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So its a welcome surprise to find that Saving Mr. Banks, with its sweeping soundtrack, emotional family backstory and Mickey Mouse motifs, is smart en ..
Watching the two go head to head is like watching a melted marshmallow drape itself over a spike.
Ultimately, the tale of the adoring and imaginative father feels contrived, less a truth than a trope.Yet Hancock achieves the emotional payoff in the ..
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Credit: MCT By of the The Disney studio is forever trolling its bottomless reservoir of nostalgia and myth for movie ideas.
Saving Mr. Banks could have been this years The Kings Speech. Instead we have a shoulda, woulda, coulda situation, with just enough sugar in these won ..
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Banks couldve been two obnoxiously twee hours of a studio patting itself on the back to celebrate smooth talking commerces triumph over spiky tongued ..
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Whether or not the production itself intended this as a platform to show their founder in a more favorable light, a great cast and a clever flashback ..
Alas, Saving Mr. Banks is this magically scored handjob of a movie that makes Traverss obvious mental instability and borderline sociopathy a happy ha ..
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Will it shamelessly evoke warm and fuzzy feelings on the part of millions
It would all seem horribly manipulative and distasteful if Saving Mr. Banks werent buoyed by a strong sense of nostalgia and, yes, a good bit of Disne ..
And thats what Saving Mr. Banks amounts to.Its hard to know what Disneys trying harder to sell: a sanitized, propagandistic portrait of its fearless l ..
Disney took a comparably dark, but still hopeful tale of a British childhood sprinkled with magic, and turned it into a fantasmic musical production o ..
It may be a very true story of a very tragic childhood, but it is positioned in the most manipulative fashion.
While the movie may have heartwarming holiday fare all but engraved above its title, its entertainingly crafted holiday fare, and it seems likely to w ..
This same but different trope, though hardly risky storytelling, makes for a satisfying yarn: a movie that propagandises the facts to conclude with re ..
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Saving Mr. Banks depicts cinema as a perverse nexus of capitalism and psychoanalysis.
This is a winning tale about the showdown between Disneys eternal optimism and Travers sincere but comedic curmudgeonly attitude.
Disney was not a quasi Christ of imagination more a quasi fascist.
What works: Emma Thompsons portrayal of Travers is easily the films standout element, but its filled with other laudables, from its funny script to it ..
There is such a dynamic and balance of charming and witty comedy tied in with heart wrenching and polarizing drama.
Its not perfect, but it has more emotional directness than you might expect.
However, the best compliment I have for Saving Mr. Banks is it doesnt feel like a series of calculated decisions, even if it might truly have been as ..
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 youre down, it ju ..
Saving Mr. Banks proves not to be the fluff piece it could have (and shouldnt have) been, but rather an intriguing and entertaining character study an ..
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Farrell is very heartfelt as Helens father; and Schwartzman and Novak are terrific and funny as the Sherman Brothers.
Theres a good chance youll cry in this film, both in moments of tragedy and sentimentality but really, thats always been the Disney formula.
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Saving Mr Banks Review Summary: Watch it, if only to see that the night is darkest just before the dawn.
The eight year old girl in me suppressed tears, then let em flow, even as I condemned both the movie for its ability to tap plangent emotions through ..
This sweet, funny and superbly acted drama really goes down in a most delightful way.
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 o ..
The flashback scenes, of the author as a young girl in Australia and her alcoholic father (Colin Farrell), are too often just there to interject somet ..
It is an unbelievably difficult film to watch.Is it a documentary
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This makes for a more emotionally complex story, which is a nice surprise, but it doesnt always make for a better story.
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Thompsons portrayal is as much deliriously rigid as it is touching and entertaining.
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RECOMMENDED Or, How Walt Disney Nanny splained The Life Of The Writer Of Mary Poppins To Herself.
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An engaging film that sugarcoats Disney history as only Disney itself can. Once you get past the historical fallacies, you can enjoy the artisanship o ..
Instead, its an oppressively sentimental picture marrying simplistic personality clash comedy to a thin Psych 101 character arc.
Its an enchanting magical motion picture.It might not be the whole truth but maybe a bit of cinematic magic is good every once in a while, especially ..
Mr. Banks is still an entertaining, if lopsided, story.Also, if you liked Hancocks last film, The Blind Side, youll probably like this one a lot more ..
One way to know if a movie is a classic is to discover yourself feeling pity for another movie about how it was made.
You can feel the true grit so much that you wonder why sand didnt gum up the cameras.But what confounds your embrace of the feel good tale with the ov ..
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But being no fun is what makes her so funny.With more than enough ready wit to counter the Freudian heaviness, the script hits more high notes than lo ..
In the end, the film is a tribute to all artists who persevere in the face of crushing adversity, those who hold tight to their passion despite a chor ..
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Thompson is so good she makes it look easy, and the result is that once the movie ends, youll want to give your kids a squeeze, and maybe take them ou ..
Though you may feel somewhat sceptical about the premise of John Lee Hancocks Saving Mr. Banks, whereby we witness Disney romanticising old Disney to ..
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As a result, Saving Mr Banks is two films in one, wonderfully edited together, to create an enjoyable and intriguing biopic.
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But Saving Mr. Banks goes further than a straight, entertaining ride through the history of Mary Poppins.
Such is its accomplished take on a treasured subject, its not hard to imagine Saving Mr Banks being nominated for best picture, actor, actress, direct ..
Its two hours of the therapy scenes from Good Will Hunting and I guarantee youll be yelling at the screen midway its not your fault Travers!.At times ..
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Despite the armchair psychoanalysis, it takes a flinty heart to resist the power of the ending of Banks, which mirrors the bittersweet finale of Poppi ..
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The viewer should expect to see long stretches of Travers being unpleasant.
And many scenes are both blissfully funny and emotionally complete.
Her dry and droll attitude is ironically a pure delight to watch.
Director John Lee Hancock and screenwriters Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith never allow Saving Mr. Banks to fall into syrupy melodrama, which this film cou ..
Let this just be said: Mary Poppins forever.P.L. Travers magical nanny is one of the strangest and most memorable figures in childrens lit, an unsenti ..
Get ready for a movie about the magic, heartbreak and frustration of making a movie, along with some of the best acting performances of the year becau ..
Hanks Disney is a teddy bear; Thompsons Travers is a porcupine. They go together like apple pie and, oh, liver and onions. He lights up the charm...Sh ..
At its best, Saving Mr. Banks is classic Disney, if not quite a Disney classic.
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Movies evoke emotional responses, and to deny mine is to be even more revisionist than some would say Disney is being here.
As much as the script strains to connect Travers past with her present, Saving Mr. Banks instead resembles two very different movies shoved together.
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At that moment, these two polar opposites the uptight, headstrong Travers and the charming, irresistible Disney finally see eye to eye and realize tha ..
But if you like Disneys live action/animated musical Mary Poppins, odds are youll enjoy seeing the curtain parted to show Disney and his writing and s ..
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The story behind the story behind the story of Mary Poppins Saving Mr. Banks Starring Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson Directed by John Lee Hancock PG 13, 12 ..
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Thats a small quibble in the face of a movie that offers such a rich portrait of this great treasure of the American musical.
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No surprise, but the characters in Travers books are based on actual people.This notion is supposed to surprise you in Saving Mr. Banks.
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Families will love it.Just make sure you provide Kleenex for all.
Indeed, Thompsons performance in the final act is a thing of great power and beauty a case study in connecting with an audience.
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It maybe the only time Giammatti has made sense being either tragic or heroic, but it wont be a surprise if that accomplishment goes somewhat ignoredl ..
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The movie amuses, terrifies, intrigues and fascinates at nearly every moment, infusing suspense into a story that everyone already knows the happy end ..
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