3 Reasons to go see ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in SAVING MR. BANKS (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in SAVING MR. BANKS (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Last Friday Disney released Saving Mr. Banks, a film based on the true story of the author of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers’ life and the development of the film in the 1960’s. I must admit that although I am a huge fan of Mary Poppins and have seen the film multiple times, I have never bothered to look further into its history. I had no idea it was a book series – I know, I know, allowing movies to dominate my pop culture lexicon over literature – bad. Anyhow, I highly recommend you see this film for three reasons:

  1. Tom Hanks as Walt Disney: is this not the perfect role for Mr. Hanks? I mean come on, he just has this friendly charisma about him that lends itself to being one of the most revered children’s entertainers – Walt Disney. Maybe I’m biased because my mother has had a crush on him since the early 80’s and I’ve seen almost all his movies, but I think Tom is brilliant in this role. An icon playing an icon.
  2. Mary Poppins: who doesn’t love this film and/or book? Who doesn’t have a personal memory attached to it? I know mine involves a Disney songbook my family owns that was printed in the 70’s, I used to sit down and sing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” over and over again. Not to mention, A “Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cheree.” My mom’s family heritage is English so this film (the themes, accents, humor) has always held a special place in my heart, which only motivated me more to see Saving Mr. Banks.
  3. Self-reflexivity: I know this is a heady word for a succinct blog posting about a family movie, but Disney rarely (if ever) turns the camera around on itself. Although I am aware this film explores a relatively tame and idealized version of events, as this is a movie for kids, but to watch how Disney himself was able to make such an iconic film almost seems like a privilege.

If you have a child, I really hope you consider watching Mary Poppins sometime this week (if they don’t already know it) then taking them to see Saving Mr. Banks – what a formative experience it could be – especially if you throw in the books to boot. I hope you all check out this film over the holidays and let us know what you think!

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BreAna Hansen studied Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine graduating Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She won two UCI screenwriting awards while earning her Bachelors and continues to develop screenplays in her free time. BreAna is a member of Women in Film Seattle and the Society for Cinema & Media Studies. She is also the creator and principle writer of A Girl with Glasses, an entertainment blog.

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