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      Saving Mr. Banks

      PG-13 Released Dec 20, 2013 2h 5m Drama Comedy List
      79% Tomatometer 264 Reviews 84% Audience Score 100,000+ Ratings Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to "Mary Poppins." The author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), proves to be an uncompromising curmudgeon who has no intention of letting her beloved characters become mangled in the Hollywood machine. However, when the books stop selling and she finds herself in need of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to consider Disney's proposition. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      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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      Laura Mandanas Autostraddle The movie is charming and Emma Thompson, per usual, makes for an utterly endearing misanthrope. However, I have to question the decision to gloss over Travers' queer identity. Jun 14, 2021 Full Review Deborah Ross The Spectator It is not a taxing film. You always know where it's going and, with its rather melodramatic flashbacks, there is no ambiguity as to where it is coming from, but neither matters as much as they should as there is just so much joy to be had otherwise. Sep 5, 2018 Full Review Candice Frederick Reel Talk Online ... it follows the Disney modus operandi of ultimately exalting even the most unlikable characters in order to satisfy their traditional family audiences. Rated: B- Sep 6, 2017 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review In traditional Disney fashion, something true has been transformed into a heartwarming, overly saccharine commercial. Rated: 2.5/4 Aug 19, 2022 Full Review Richard Crouse Richard Crouse Uniformly excellent performances to cover the movie's languid pacing. Rated: 3.5/5 Feb 1, 2021 Full Review Nicole Ackman Next Best Picture It's surprisingly melancholy in tone, but in an oddly pleasing way that feels reverent to the subject material as it reveals how the film Mary Poppins almost never was. Rated: 7/10 Jan 30, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Skye W I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this movie. The production is impeccable, great writing, great characters AND Tom hanks. What more do you need? Rated 5 out of 5 stars 06/02/24 Full Review Audience Member Fun to watch Disney do its thing, always nice to watch a heart change from a tough personality to one who starts to enjoy the simple things in life. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/23/24 Full Review John S Beautiful. Powerful. I'm watching mary poppins tomorrow, and it's story will never be the same ♥️ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/24 Full Review Sparky K I almost didn't watch this, thinking ‘why do I want to see a film about the making of Mary Poppins' (not my kind of film at all). By the end of the film, I had forgotten Tom Hanks was playing a part, and was totally convinced I was watching Walt Disney. Completely engrossed from start to finish, and am now even tempted to see the Mary Poppins film itself! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/06/24 Full Review Meydiana R Maybe The Best Movie I've Seen All Year As a child, one of my favorite movies was always "Mary Poppins". Being young, I obviously couldn't articulate exactly WHY I liked it so much (I'm sure the catchy music had a lot to do with it), but I wore a tract in the VCR with it, that is for sure. After seeing "Saving Mr. Banks", however, I was astounding to realize perhaps part of the reason why "Mary Poppins" stands the test of time: because the message behind it is one born out of real-life issues. For a basic plot summary, "Saving Mr. Banks" focuses on P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), writer of the "Mary Poppins" children's novel. For 20 years, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) has been pursuing the rights to make the book into a movie, finally culminating in him flying Travers to Los Angeles to begin work on the project. When Travers wants full creative control and clashes monumentally with Disney's version of the film, it is revealed (via flashbacks) how personal the Poppins story truly is to Travers. The reason why this movie is so touching and genuine is because it works on two different levels: On one hand, it brings back incredible nostalgia for fans of Disney's "Mary Poppins". Just hearing the iconic music again and seeing how key plot/character points came together is exciting. On the other hand, those (though probably few and far between) who haven't seen the movie will still be intrigued by the fascinating backstory of P.L. Travers. More specifically, the role her father (played by Colin Farrell) played in her life and how that relationship shaped her persona even into adulthood. Some fascinating human dynamics that prove out the old "truth is stranger than fiction" maxim. The hallmark of "Saving Mr. Banks", though, is its ability to have audiences laughing, crying, singing, and feeling all in the span of two hours. The complex characters, catchy tunes, and use of flashbacks prove a potent mixture of drama and fun. This is truly a film for the entire family. Until recently, "Prisoners" had been cemented atop my "Best Movie of 2013" list. "Saving Mr. Banks", however, is just as good, if only in a completely different way. I'm sure I'll enjoy some more genre Hollywood fare this holiday season ("Hobbit 2", "Anchorman 2", "Grudge Match", etc.), but I have a feeling that when all is said and done Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review Michael P Great movie and very moving in many parts of the film! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to "Mary Poppins." The author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), proves to be an uncompromising curmudgeon who has no intention of letting her beloved characters become mangled in the Hollywood machine. However, when the books stop selling and she finds herself in need of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to consider Disney's proposition.
      Director
      John Lee Hancock
      Producer
      Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer
      Screenwriter
      Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
      Distributor
      Walt Disney
      Production Co
      Walt Disney Pictures, Ruby Films, Easy Tiger Productions, Essential Media and Entertainment
      Rating
      PG-13 (Thematic Elements|Some Unsettling Images)
      Genre
      Drama, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 20, 2013, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 3, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $83.3M
      Runtime
      2h 5m
      Sound Mix
      Datasat, Dolby Digital
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