The story behind the movie resembles a fairy tale of sorts here, too, as the prickly writer is shown gradually lowering her guard and. Banks does deliver on the charm, and as travers and disney respectively, emma thompson and. Even though mary poppins still remains a classic hit, travers apparently still didnt like it. Having written nothing new and her book royalties dried up, she risks losing her house. But she found it dull, odd and severely lacking in dancing penguins. Did john bolton outfox himself on his own tellall book. Travers mary poppins 1964, he made them a promise one that he didnt realize would take 20 years to keep.
What saving mr banks tells us about the original mary. Banks pays tribute to the disney legacy with excellent performances and sweet, highspirited charm. Banks doesnt focus on the machinations of disneys early attempts to get the rights from travers, though they are briefly discussed by the duo. Mary poppins is a series of eight childrens books written by australianbritish writer p. Saving mr banks tells the story of pl travers and walt disneys long. Travers finds herself in tense negotiations with walt disney over the 1964 film version of travers classic stories featuring the. Banks to watch the trailer, read the synopsis, browse photos and watch video clips from the movie. Mary poppins has earned its place as a classic story, but most of us are more familiar with the disney movie than the book. When walt disneys daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, p. Banks, released by disney, is a movie about the making of a disney movie mary poppins, in which walt disney himself played by tom hanks is a major character. I turned to disney historian jim korkis, whose latest book, the vault of. Banks character in part on her own father, travers goff, portrayed by colin farrell in the film saving mr. Banks with my family, my expectations were modest at best. Pamela why in the world are you speaking to me as if i am a.
Banks is a fascinating look at the circuitous collaborative process walt disney, his creative team, and author p. Banks is the patriarch of the london family that mary poppins helps in the book and movie. It was a long road, which saving mr banks gets across. With emma thompson, tom hanks, annie rose buckley, colin farrell. One womans failed battle to stop her work from being disneyfied has itself been disneyfied. Banks has already inspired much discussion about its accuracyor inaccuracy, depending who you ask. Mary shepard was the illustrator throughout the series the books centre on the magical english nanny mary poppins, who is blown by the east wind to number 17 cherry tree lane, london, and into the banks household to care for their children. When he first read the script, he cried, says marcel.
Banks, which will tell the story of the making of disneys 1964 mary poppins movie. Captain phillips, directed by paul greengrass and starring the actor, was previously unveiled as the. The film tells the true story of how mary poppins author, p. I couldnt help but thinking of what poor mrs travers would have thought of the musical, happily many years away from the film. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with walt disney, who seeks to adapt her mary poppins books for the big screen. She reportedly didnt enjoy the animated scenes, dick van dyke, mary poppins appearance, the songs, the banks home, and the shift in the time period. With all due respect mr russell i am on very good terms with my own faculty and exceedingly confident in its decision making capabilities. Banks is that it takes this true story of hollywood conflict, of artistic integrity pitted against studio moxie, and gives it the same warmandfuzzy treatment the company gave poppins. Travers and tom hanks as film producer walt disney, with supporting performances by paul giamatti, jason schwartzman, bradley whitford, and colin farrell. The dark, deep and dramatic true story of saving mr.
Banks incredible cast are firing on all cylinders, from the top tier to the supporting, which results in one of the funniest, most touching films of the year. The film, which opened wide this past weekend, chronicles walt. When walt disney s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, p. Travers, came to disney studios for two weeks in 1961, as walt disney and his ace crew of creatives tried to convince the ill tempered travers to allow them the rights to make. Well, its based on a true story the way the movie mary poppins is based on the book mary poppins. Travers finds herself in tense negotiations with walt disney over the 1964 film version of travers classic stories featuring the magical. Banks on facebook for being a brazen attempt by the company to make a saint out of the man. The question is, then, how did that beloved adaptation come to be. Banks is a 20 period drama film directed by john lee hancock from a screenplay. Did walt disney really promise his children hed turn p. Banks, the disneyproduced docudrama about the making.
Well, its based on a true story the way the movie mary poppins is based on the book mary poppins which is to say loosely, and without some of the. It contains a lot of heart and soul and i really liked it. Saving mr banks tells the tale of how he battled to get pamela travers, pl travers to her fans, story about the magical nanny made. Travers and tom hanks walt disney to do battle over how mary will appear onscreen. But its a tale of two stories, both of which are indulged, making for a tonally uneven film. Tom hanks as walt disney closes parts of disneyland.
The new film, by walt disney studios, stars hanks, emma. Banks is lovely in many ways, including its lead actors, thompson and hanks, who are irresistibly winning. Banks is an intoxicating kiddie cocktail for youngatheart adults, inspired by a disney fairy tale based on fact. Travers and published over the period 1934 to 1988. Bankss finale is devoted to its 1964 premiere, concluding the story of a story how the film about the flying nanny was made. Diarmuids shoulders visibly sag, he lets out a long frustrated breath. Banks is a 20 period drama film directed by john lee hancock from a screenplay written by kelly marcel and sue smith. According to the trailer, the movie will show the incredible measures walt disney had to take in order to convince p.
I didnt know that mary poppins was based on a popular book series. Banks 20 pg 2h 6m showbiz dramas when walt disney sets his sights on obtaining the rights to the childrens classic mary poppins, the book s author proves a tough nut to crack. This touching, funny film is really two stories nicely tied up in one appealing package. It took disney 20 years to acquire rights to make mary. As saving mr banks arrives in cinemas, she reencounters a classic. Tom hanks, left, will play walt disney in saving mr. Banks, in case you havent heard, is an upcoming biopic starring tom hanks and emma thompson, portraying the story behind the making of mary poppins in early 1960s. I felt pleased to find a rare pg rating without the attached, and viewed our selection. When walt disneys daughters were young, they loved a little book about a. It was just a name i overlooked during the opening credits. Banks starring emma thompson, tom hanks, annie rose buckley, and colin farrell. Banks trailer hanks is doing double duty at the london festival this year.
Travers engaged in in bringing the character mary poppins to life on the big screen in the early 1960s. A fan of disneys mary poppins as an eightyearold, kathryn hughes was given pl traverss book. Valerie lawson talks mary poppins, she wrote and p. Banks, the movie inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how disneys classic mary poppins made it to the screen. For 88yearold richard sherman, the only person still surviving from that tense fortnight, watching saving mr banks was hugely cathartic. Saving mr banks screenwriter kelly marcel also admits that the conversation disney has with travers, when he convinces her to hand over control based on their shared experiences with troubled. What saving mr banks tells us about the original mary poppins books. Based on her anger at disney even more than 30 years after the release of the movie, i get the feeling that saving mr. Centered on the development of the 1964 film mary poppins, the film stars emma thompson as author p. Travers had based this character on her own father, played by colin farrell in the film, but as our own david edelstein wrote, its impossible. What saving mr banks tells us about the original mary poppins a fan of disneys mary poppins as an eightyearold, kathryn hughes was given pl traverss book.
Aggressively likable and sentimental to a fault, saving mr. Emma thompson and tom hanks topline disneys saving mr. Banks, inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how disneys classic mary poppins made it. The only problem i have in this movie were saving mr. Banks provides a great answer as it pairs emma thompson p. Travers, the author of mary poppins, and the subject of the new film saving mr. Tom hanks did a great job playing walt disney and emma thompson did a great job playing p.972 149 1529 635 1200 1395 653 1000 391 344 835 933 111 954 949 1258 1344 630 832 279 1529 429 242 762 383 723 684 916 1455 587 320 493 358 751