Movie Review: Saving Mr Banks
Friends in the US shared on Facebook how much they enjoyed this and urged everyone to go watch. We folks Down Under had to wait until January 9.
I thought there’d be a huge influx at the cinema for this movie since it’s school holidays and all, so I called up and booked tickets. I was surprised when we arrived that the film was showing at one of the smaller theater rooms (called a Theaterette, so small it didn’t even deserve to be called a Theatre) and there was FREE seating!
Loved it! Told in a beautifully woven series of present-day 1961 and flashbacks to P L Travers’ 1906 childhood in Australia, Saving Mr Banks tells the story of how Walt Disney tries to get the rights to make Mary Poppins into a movie. It is laugh-out-loud funny in places without being silly and poignant in other places without being soppy.
Interestingly, Miss Seven found the flashbacks confusing and halfway through the film leaned over and asked, ‘Who’s the little girl?’ But really, it’s not hard to figure out. The scenes blend in and out very nicely.
Familiarity with Mary Poppins is not absolutely necessary, but will definitely enhance one’s appreciation and enjoyment of the film