Saving Mr. Banks
Until this movie, I had no idea Walt Disney had such a hard time with P.L. Travers author of Mary Poppins. True, the movie might have exaggerated and altered a few things: but it did take Disney twenty years of cajoling Turner before she agreed to the film. And even then, she wasn’t happy with it.
The film flashes back between Travers as a young girl and admiring her father until he became an alcoholic and later died from tuberculosis. At first, the flashbacks were confusing.
Colin Ferrell who played Travers’ father in the film was excellent. And Tom Hanks made a wonderful Walt Disney and I wouldn’t mind touring Disney Land or World with him as it would be fun to get first in line at all the rides 🙂
My rating: 3.7/5
Overall I liked the film and wanted to know what happened. But the lack of Turner softening outside of allowing the film to be produced, was discouraging. Although, record states that Turner refused to work with Disney again or allow her characters to be reproduced. The movie gave me an insight into Turner and her novels that I didn’t have.
Her favorite childhood memories revolved around creating vibrant characters for her friends, and then acting out their adventures. Inside her fantasy worlds of darkened forests, dragon-filled glades, and iced islands, nothing was banned. From the ethereal Elvin to the most maligned Vampires, all were welcome in her fictional realities, a stark contrast to her home, where the magical and mythical was forbidden.
Divorced and disillusioned of love and believing all the love songs and books exaggerated, she put aside her creativity for life. Many years past before characters, from the familiar to the freshly conceived, came to her again, but this time teasing at a new passion, the written word.
Gradually, her real life hero brought love and magic back into existence. During the time when her characters were getting reacquainted, the love of her life was showing her that true love never gives up and rekindles no matter how many times others attempt to extinguish it. Today, she is happily married with three children.
Andrea believes in the power of change and delighting in each moment. But most fervently, she believes in the magic of love and imagination again.