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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Reviewing Saving Mr. Banks

As I have come to discover, it's very hard to do a review of this movie as not to be a spoiler to others.  I know 99% of the people reading this blog are from the Disney community, so I hesitate to give anything away.  So, I am not going to give a review that talks about things that happen in the movie.  What I am going to do is tell you, that this is one of the best movies I have seen in a long time.  Not animated of course, so when I say best movies, I am leaving out animated.  I put Disney animated movies on an entirely different pedestal.

Director: John Lee Hancock

  • Running time: 126 minutes

  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • Screenplay: Sue Smith, Kelly Marcel

    Saving Mr. Banks was well acted.  Emma Thompson was a great choice to play the part of P. L. Travers, the author of the Mary Poppins books.  (Yes, there are more than just one story of Mary Poppins.)  Her books include Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane / Mary Poppins and the House Next Door (2-in-1 edition).There was also a book called Mary Poppins in the Kitchen.  In this book you get a unique glimpse at the famous Poppins cast as the spit-spot English nanny and the Banks children take over the kitchen for a week. With the help of familiar visitors like the Bird Woman, Admiral Boom, and Mr. and Mrs. Turvy, Mary Poppins teaches her irrepressible young charges the basics of cooking, from A to Z. And young readers can re-create the week's menus by following the thirty different recipes.
     Emma Thompson has to get her hair cut, and get a perm, and I heard her on a talk show recently and she said she had not had a perm since she had a hideous perm years ago.  She thought this was hideous as well, but was well needed for playing the part.

    Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney.  A wonderful portrayal in my humble opinion.  Sure, there are several actors who could have done a wonderful job as well, however I really think the connection of Tom Hanks and his past Disney movies gives the portrayal a different aura.   Maybe it's just me, but that was what came over me several times while viewing the movie.

    Other characters in the movie are Richard and Robert Sherman who wrote all the music for Mary Poppins, among many, many other Disney films including:

    Theme park songs

    Walt Disney's World Of Color- Wonderful World Of Color


    The Spectrum Song – for Walt Disney's The Wonderful World of Color. Sung by Paul Frees as Ludwig 
    Von Drake.

    Academy Awards

    Annie Awards

    BAFTA Awards


    • 1977 "Pioneer Award" awarded in Los Angeles, California.
    • 1991 "Lifetime Achievement Award" awarded at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

    Christopher Award


    Golden Globes

    Golden Videocassette Award

    Grammy Awards

    Laurel Awards

    Moscow Film Festival

    • 1973 First Place Award in the category of "Best Music" for Tom Sawyer

    National Medal of Arts

    Olivier Awards

    Songwriters Hall of Fame

    • 2005 induction at the Marriott Hotel on Times Square in New York City.

    Theatre Museum Award

    • 2010 Career Achievement Award presented on May 17, 2010 at The Players Club in New York City.

    Variety Club Awards

    Walk of Fame

    • 1976 A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame awarded to "Richard & Robert Sherman" on November 17, 1976, located at 6914 Hollywood Blvd.
     Need I say more about this duo?  I think not!!!

    The actors who played the parts of these talented brothers are Jason Schwartzman as Richard Sherman and B.J. Novak as Robert Sherman.  I really enjoyed their take on these characters.

    Paul Giamatti is also in the movie with a fairly small part, but a crucial role in telling this story.   Melanie Paxon plays a roll as a secretary and Kathy Baker plays the roll of Walt's administrative assistant.  Other brilliant performances include Collin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Bradley Whitford. young newcomer Annie Rose Buckley, Rachel Griffiths and Ronan Vibert. 

    The best thing I can advise, is DO NOT miss this movie!  I will be going to see it again soon. 

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