SAVING MR BANKS ( PG)
Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell
Director: John Lee Hancock ( The Blind Side)
THIS isn’t really the true story of how a beloved book was made into an even more beloved movie. No, Saving Mr Banks is more the true story of a troubled author who regretted letting Hollywood anywhere near her work, then was later healed by the experience.
So what was the tome that caused all the turmoil? None other than Mary Poppins, a
Harry Potter- style sensation when penned in the 1930s by Australian- born, British- based author PL Travers.
The movie, of course, was a Walt Disney production in the mid- 1960s starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Like the book, it was deservedly embraced as an instant classic.
However, behind the scenes, the creative birthing process was long, gruelling and often painful for all concerned – especially for Pamela Travers ( played by Emma Thompson).
The middle act of Saving Mr Banks – in which Travers stands her ground while Walt Disney ( Tom Hanks) and his brains trust tiptoe gingerly towards their vision for a Poppins movie – plays equally strongly as both comedy and drama.
Now showing Village Cinemas