Saving Mr. Banks Review and Bluray Features
Saving Mr. Banks
20 Dec 2013
John Lee Hancock
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
“Saving Mr. Banks” is easily one of the best movies to come out this year. It tells the tale behind the making of Disney’s beloved classic “Mary Poppins,” but it is so much more than just a typical ‘making of a movie’ movie. In this case, the story behind Marry Poppins in no doubt includes imagination, but you really get to understand the “mind” behind it all…and you feel the emotional side of it all the way through.
Marry Poppins hold such a special place in her heart
While many of these types of films aren’t as good as the movie they are about, this one is different. It feels like a companion piece to the beloved classic. IT ALLOWS US TO APPRECIATE THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS DISNEY HAD TO GO THROUGH TO MAKE HIS MAGNUM OPUS. However, it is also more about P.L. Traverse and why she loves her character so much and why Mary Poppins holds such a special place in her heart.
The back-story starring Colin Farrell as Helen’s ill-fated alcoholic dad back in Australia all but overshadows the delicate dance between Tom Hanks as Disney and Emma Thompson as Travers more than 50 years later.
Promise to Daughter
Saving Mr. Banks is based on WALT DISNEY’S STRUGGLE TO ACHIEVE HIS 20 YEAR LONG PROMISE TO HIS DAUGHTERS TO MAKE MARY POPPINS, meanwhile the writer Pamela Travers refused to give permission, all the while reflecting on her past. Disney with the patience of Job in bringing this character to the big screen.
Tom Hanks brings Walt back to life in this film, he’s mesmerizing. Emma Thompson is Travers and though she can be stubborn, she still brings magic to the screen. Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzmen and many other great actors and actresses give amazing performances as well. A big surprise was Colin Farrell who I did not know was in the film. When he appeared I did not recognize him
Emotions run high in this dramedy that’s quite funny at parts while keeping its fantastic, dramatic and inspiring story flowing. While this movie has a few PG-13 elements its still a must see for everyone!
Hated the Disney version of this film
I was not prepared for this film although I had little idea what it was about, but I am such a Disney fan that I thought it would be at least interesting. I am also a big fan of Emma Thompson and have liked her in everything she has done and she does not disappoint here. I looked up the real Pamela Travers and was shocked to discover she absolutely hated the Disney version of her book, Mary Poppins. How this film deals with that issue is interesting.
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney
Tom Hanks is wonderful as Walt Disney and AFTER A WHILE YOU REALLY BEGIN TO THINK HE IS WALT DISNEY. HE IS THAT CONVINCING. The supporting cast which includes some familiar faces is also wonderful. Tom Hanks brought a life of wonder to his portrayal of Walt Disney.I really liked Paul Giamatti portrayal of Ralph
Process of making the film.
Showing the PROCESS OF PRE-PRODUCTION IS REALLY FASCINATING AND VERY EDUCATIONAL. I REALLY LEARNED A LOT ABOUT HOW MOVIES ARE MADE FROM THIS FILM. Everything about this film was classy including the music, photography, settings – everything. I really enjoyed watching the film and I got completely caught up in the story.
About the author
We see her first as a cantankerous woman, living a solitary lonely life in need of money to save her house. Through the movie we see her mellow through the process of reconciling her relationship with her loving father by learning to forgive his weaknesses and herself for not being able to save him. We also get a glimpse of the erasable Walt Disney who through his own deficits in his childhood made a world full of fantasy to brighten the lives of children and adults.THROUGH HIS TEAM AND HIS PROCESS HE BREAKS DOWN MRS. TRAVERS’S OBJECTIONS TO HIS CREATING A MUSICAL FANTASY OUT OF HER BOOK AND THUS THE WONDERFUL MOVIE OF MARY POPPINS CAME TO LIFE FOR US ALL. Emma Thompson’s skills really get you to like and understand the woman inside PL Travers.
The team of scriptwriters that put together this tale did a wonderful job. I was truly touched by the story. I also want to give credit to the wonderful acting. I especially loved the little girl who played Ginty (Annie Rose Buckley) she had a wonderful dramatic range, and really took you into her heart.
RT/Meta Critic Review
It’s a wonderful film that deserves your attention, and that you deserve to experience.(Click here to see )
This is an utterly captivating origin story on how the all singing, all dancing, iconic technicolour musical (with bells on) — Mary Poppins came to be. (Click here to see)
Saving Mr Banks is an unexpected gem, a witty and warm-hearted celebration of two great storytellers that adroitly balances delicious culture-clash comedy with affecting biographical insights. (Click here to see)
I think “Saving Mr. Banks” is a best movie that is based on the actual real life events that took place in the making of the 1964 classic “Mary Poppins (KNDNumbuh2008/MetaCritic)
Saving Mr. Banks features a handsome 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation free from any serious issue or blemish. The film’s sun-cast 1960s California palette is awash with golden hues, striking sepia-kissed colors, nicely saturated skintones, deep blacks and unexpectedly strong primaries. (Albeit a bit too strong. Travers’ lipstick and other cherry reds sometimes exhibit a slight, unnatural pop.) Contrast and clarity are excellent as well, and quite consistent. Detail is exacting, with crisp, clean edges, impeccably resolved fine textures, and a light, pleasing hint of grain. The only softness to be found is optical and intentional. Artifacting, banding, aliasing and other encoding anomalies are absent as well, although a small amount of crush creeps in when the lights go down, night falls or Hollywood premieres begin. All told,Saving Mr. Banks looks every bit as good as it’s meant to, without any real problems to report
Disney’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track exercises restraint and humility, although rarely at the expense of the experience. Dialogue is intelligible, nicely grounded and smartly prioritized, without exception. LFE output is subdued but satisfying, adding convincing presence to an array of naturalistic low-end elements. The rear speakers follow suit, filling each scene with pleasant ambience and directionality. The resulting soundfield isn’t all that spectacular per se, but it remains inviting throughout. Disarming even. Walt and Pamela’s trip to Disneyland gives the mix more to play with — bustling crowds, clamoring fans, distant attractions and stirring carousel rides — as do the Sherman Brothers’ songs, which fill the small studio Schwartzman, Novak and Whitford perform them in believably and beautifully. Saving Mr. Banks isn’t a sonic showcase, but neither is the film. I didn’t come away with any complaints.
- From Poppins to the Present (HD, 15 minutes): Hancock hosts this trip back and forth through time, touching on the early diversification of Disney’s projects and brand, the look of the film (with production designer Michael Corenblith), the development and production of Mary Poppins, and the Disney Animation Studios, past and present. Interviews with former employees and family members abound, and make for a quaint but enjoyable featurette.
- Let’s Go Fly a Kite (HD, 2 minutes): This brief follow-up finds Mary Poppins co-songwriter Richard Sherman leading a round of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” with the Saving Mr. Banks cast and crew on the last day of filming.
- Deleted Scenes (HD, 7 minutes): Three deleted scenes include: “Stargaze,” “Nanny Song” and “Pam Leaves.”
- Trailers & Sneak Peeks (HD, 6 minutes): Maleficent, Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins.