Disney has been coming out with movies that have given families the joy of sharing something magical with the ones they love. Movies like The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Pirates of The Caribbean films, The Lion King among many other classics and remarkable hits. Through these films we have been taken on magical journeys to worlds we could only dream of with beautiful mermaids, swash bugling pirates and adorable lion cubs. Of course, every Disney fan finds their childish side in the happiest place on earth when they make their way to Disneyland in California or Disneyworld in Florida. There is however, one Disney film that has both children and parents singing and dancing along with sheer joy, Marry Poppins.
The film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke tells the tale of a troubled family who are saved by a mysterious and seemingly magical new nanny, Marry Poppins (Julie Andrews). The film has glorious colors and catchy songs that leave viewers singing at the top of their lungs and moved by the sensational story.
So when Saving Mr. Banks was released in theaters this writer could not wait to go see what the film was all about. The story tells the tale of Walt Disney’s desire to turn his daughter’s favorite book, Marry Poppins, into his newest Disney film. His promise to his daughter to turn her favorite book into reality was not one he’d be able to keep easily as he would first have to gain the permission of the author of Marry Poppins, P.L. Travers, and she is not so easily convinced to let her beloved nanny go.
The film takes place in two time periods half of which is P.L. Travers’ upbringing and the incredible bond she has with her father. We are also taken to the 1960s to bare witness to the frustrating development of the class Disney film that we have come to know and love.
As the movie reveals more about Travers’ past we learn that her father was an alcoholic and her aunt, the Mary Poppins character, comes to make everything better. Travers is hopeful that her aunt can save her father but in the end we find out he dies from his addiction and the reasoning behind her tough exterior and why she is so attached to the Mary Poppins character. Of course everyone knows how the story turns out, the film is made and becomes an instant classic but the movie is a fantastic view about the behind-the-scenes of how Mary Poppins came to life.
Tom Hanks did a fantastic job portraying Walt Disney and Emma Thompson was incredible convincing as P.L. Travers.
This film is definitely on this writer’s list of highly recommended films of 2013 so get to the theater quick as 2014 is right on our tails!