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Saving Mr. Banks 

3/4 stars

So what if a few liberties were taken with the story (pretty much the fact on any "based on a true story" film - some more than others), this is a sweet and yet not too overly-sentimental look at how Mary Poppins (let's face it, still the best live-action Disney movie) came to be. Emma Thompson is wonderful as the quite uptight author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks is likewise the perfect Walt Disney. I especially liked the trio of Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak and Bradley Whitford playing the songwriting Sherman brothers and the beleaguered script writer Don DaGradi. The music was great, the story (between flashbacks and current time) was well thought-out and planned and, in the end, it makes you smile and maybe brings a tear to your eye.


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Taz- wrote on 03/25/15 at 03:52 PM CT

 

I think it is interesting that Disney bought this movie purely because they didn't want anyone else making a movie about Walt and had no intention of ever making it when they bought it.

 
 
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