Saving Mr. Banks was okay but embellished, and by that I mean, certain key facts in the film were not true of the real story, but since that never stops Hollywood, than oh well.. Then, there’s Walt Disney who was a known tyrant as a CEO, so, it was enjoyable watching this woman P.L. Travers give him hell about the rights to her beloved Mary Poppins. Having said that, Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips, Big, acting was not convincing, TH didn’t flow into this role effortlessly. He was bearable, but a different actor should have played Walt Disney, someone southern or with southern roots, maybe Don Johnson, Miami Vice, Django Unchained, would have been a better choice.
The story was about, P.L. Travers and Walt Disney, and what he went through to get the copyrights to this authors books. Which took over 20 years of asking to make happen. Also, it tried to tell the story of her inspiration for the books, by flashing back to her childhood, but more specifically her Dad (who was Mr. Banks). The very outstanding part of the movie, is Emma Thompson, Sense and Sensibility, Howard’s End, who plays Travers, and who is an exceptionally good actress and perfect for this role. What’s nice about her acting is she’s realistic, she plays roles to her strength, stays within her limits and plays characters she can relate too. She plays them with a, I know what I’m doing confidence.
So, Emma Thompson, made this flick enjoyable to watch where Hanks made it difficult., throwing a mustache on a guy doesn’t make him Walt, ok Disney? TH isn’t even in the same rank of actor as she is. Also, knowing the back story of Walt Disney didn’t help you care about his plight. With rumors of him being, racist, and generally suspicious of people, and naming people in the McCarthy hearings in the 50’s, to not protecting his employees or giving them credit creatively for work they did. Left me curious to why the audience should care about any of these people or the subject? Especially since Travers was allegedly, as difficult and disagreeable to many as well. This movie was pulling for sentimentality, for an American icon, and a British one, that just didn’t work. It tried to make him seem like a decent guy, when he really wasn’t. As it tried to suggest since she had so many hurts and her father was so incredibly misunderstood, this is why she was so intensely set against the rights to her work.
This movie gets a C, see it on dvd only. It had moments but overall not TH’s best work by far, and Emma’s acting talents were wasted here. Even the co-starring characters seemed forced and unconvincing. I just didn’t like it I guess. This movie is rated PG 13. Shazza ~ Musings&Rants