Rent Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

3.8 of 5 from 962 ratings
2h 5min
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Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins.
Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P. L. Travers' (Emma Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won't budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set Mary Poppins free!
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Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steuer
Voiced By:
P.L. Travers
Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
Thomas Newman, Daniel Orlandi
Walt Disney
Comedy, Drama
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Run Time:
127 minutes
English, Russian
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Russian, Swedish
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Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
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125 minutes
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
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  • Deleted Scenes: Stargaze, Nanny Song, Pam Leaves
  • Behind the Scenes - The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to the Present
  • Behind the Scenes: Let's Go Fly a Kite

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Reviews (11) of Saving Mr. Banks

Hugely enjoyable and interesting movie - esp for fans of somg writers - Saving Mr. Banks review by PV

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Despite its sentimentality, I found this a hugely enjoyable and interesting film. I have an interest in song writing, so loved watching the process of how the songs from Mary Poppins were written.

The script, acting, direction were all fine.

Also, unlike in many Hollywood biopics, I didn't find then flashback scenes intrusive. They added to and enriched the present day action and character, as they should.

I am not a big Tom Hanks fan, but thought he was perfectly cast here; Emma Thompson too, though she was younger that the 'real' PL Travers.

I wasn't expecting to find this so enjoyable, but found it a really touching movie. A shame it didn't win Oscars really; I enjoyed this so much more than the tedious Gravity.

4.5 stars

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Deeply funny, unexpectedly moving. - Saving Mr. Banks review by JD

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Emma Thompson plays an eccentric, quintessential, exact and forthright English woman. It is done so well that it is simultaneously funny, moving and inspiring. She is for me currently the best actress of any genre. Also of note is the actress who plays her as a girl. Equally moving. Colin Farrell's portrayal is moving but he struggles with the Australian accent, he's not very good at playing a drunk either. I find it very distracting when accents are done badly, better they are not done at all. The last quarter of the film is not particularly believable but pretty sorrowful nevertheless. 5 stars, mainly for Emma T.

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Great Sunday afternoon entertainment - Saving Mr. Banks review by PC

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Detailing Walt Disney's attempts to get Mary Poppins to the big screen, Saving Mr. Banks is much more fun that it really should be. Tom Hanks is great as Walt but it is really Emma Thompson's wonderfully frosty performance as P. L. Travers which shines through. I am not too sure how much of the flashbacks are accurate, although these are interesting they do detract from the more interesting view of how Mary Poppins got made. Although offering very little in suprises, it is funny and has an emotional punch.

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Absorbing - Saving Mr. Banks review by HM

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Wonderful performances and a lively script delving into the background of the Poppins author. It would have been enriched by a peep into Disney's brain makeup too. Enjoyed every minute, much recommended for viewers who like intelligence as well as sentiment in their movies.

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Saving Mr. Banks review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso

Saving Mr Banks isn’t the predictable Disney films with heroes and villains, it’s not even a friendly family drama where everything figures itself out in the end. It’s a dreary look at the effects of fathers and family and the children it has warped in the process.

Saving Mr Banks follows PL Travers (Emma Thompson), the author of the Mary Poppins series of books and her interactions with Walt DIsney (Tom Hank) when he tries to acquire the rights to her books. The two clash over the book as PL looks back to her past with her father (Colin Farrell).

PL is anything but the average Disney lead, a pit of resentment and shame trying to move past the effects of her childhood. Thompson makes you empathise with this tragic woman in a way no other actress could. She is curt but fair and makes PL caustic but relatable. Hanks adds his signature cheer to the affair as the disarmingly charming Walt Disney.

Smartly written by Sue Smith and Kelly Marcel, the dialogue is sharp and witty while never veering towards the sentimental. The flashbacks fill in much needed gaps and flesh out PL while never feeling out of place or extraneous.

Directed by The Blind SIde’s John Lee Hancock, the film’s complex tale of conflicting emotions makes for a compelling watch as the horrible nature of PL’s past comes to light as Walt tries to understand the true importance of Mary Poppins. The addition of a few choice Dick Van Dyke jokes and some musical gags make for a nice cherry on top.

The film is mature and moving in a real way, which makes a change to the fairy princesses and mythical princes propagating their movies. I’d much rather watch the idealistic ramblings of PL Travers and Walt DIsney any day as they share horror stories about their past and make iconic films as they go

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