Thursday, January 2, 2014

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Director: John Lee Hancock. Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Rachel Griffiths. 125 min. Rated PG-13. USA/UK/Australia. Biography/Comedy/Drama.

Let's be fair: this "making of Mary Poppins" back-story, about the quarrels between Walt Disney and writer P.L. Travers, and the flashbacks telling why Travers was such a tough cookie when it came to dramatizing/redefining/animating her characters, does have some good emotional moments, and some good words about the power of storytelling. And Emma Thompson does an unbelievable job as Travers. But there was not one moment I could see Tom Hanks' character as Walt Disney, and not as Tom Hanks. The constant reminder that this is not Disney, was rather annoying, in this otherwise pleasant movie.

PS: Memorable line:

"That's what storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope, again and again and again."

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