As many of you know I am a huge Disney fan and I could not wait to see this one. I was disappointed in how long it took for me to do that but was glad to have been able to catch it in theatres. The film stars Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney over the years of 1961 and 1964. P.L. Travers is the pen name for Helen Goff the author of the Mary Poppins stories. Saving Mr.Banks depicts the difficult process for Walt Disney to obtain the rights to turn Mary Poppins into a film. It is actually mentioned that Walt Disney had attempted to gain the rights from Travers over the previous 20 years, but it was not until 1961 when Travers found herself having some financial difficulties that she considers. During the process, we see some of the oddities of Travers’ personality with many flashbacks to her childhood in 1906 Australia. It’s through these flashbacks we come to realize the effect that her childhood has had on her current personality and the reason behind some of her odd behaviour. Colin Farrell plays Travers Robert Goff the father of P.L. Travers (Helen Goff). Goff is depicted as a very imaginative man but also an alcoholic. Unable to keep a job, the family travels where there are opportunities for him. Many elements or references from Mary Poppins come from these flashbacks.
I shamefully admit that I have never read the Mary Poppins stories. It is only in recent years I have discovered the wonders of reading and have many regrets towards my wordless childhood/teens. It seems there are many things in the movie that were not in the stories and were issues for Travers. The beloved songs from the film as well as the animation were things Travers was completely against. The tunes and many other references have been placed expertly throughout the film for those who are familiar enough to catch them.
The all star cast gave a wonderful performance worthy of Disney. I absolutely loved this movie from beginning to end. Whether you are a Disney fan or not this is a great film that is well worth the watch.