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Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Comedy | 125 minutes
3,45 690 votes

Genre: Biography / Drama

Duration: 125 minuten

Country: Australia / United Kingdom / United States

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Paul Giamatti

IMDb score: 7,5 (170.420)

Releasedate: 29 November 2013

Saving Mr. Banks plot

"Where her book ended, their story began."

For twenty years, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) has been trying to acquire the rights to the book “Mary Poppins” in order to adapt it into a movie. However, the author, PL Travers (Emma Thompson), refuses to sell the rights because she fears her beloved creation will be completely torn apart by the Hollywood system. Once PL finds herself in need of money due to disappointing sales of her book, she decides to consider Walt's offer. She travels to Los Angeles where she gives Walt two weeks to convince her that he is the right person to bring this beloved icon to the big screen.

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avatar van Roger Thornhill

Roger Thornhill

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The careless way she lets her spiky opinions roll off her tongue once again explains why Emma Thompson is my favorite actress, and Disney's role fits Tom Hanks like an old coat, but about how the (albeit touching) scenes in Australia fit with the rest of the film, I have my doubts, and Disney's Freudian explanation of Travers' reluctance to hand her characters over to him for the film adaptation strikes me as very cheap Freudian psychology of the cold ground. However, the two lead actors keep the film afloat, Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson are also very strong, and Paul Giamatti gives a small masterclass in upgrading a supporting role without overpowering the lead. All in all a nice experience, with a lump in my throat (and, let me say, a tear from my eye) at Thompson during the premiere.

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avatar van mrklm


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Walt Disney [Tom Hanks] is busy preparing for the film adaptation of Mary Poppins and deploys his entire staff to persuade the neurotic and highly critical author Helen Goff [Emma Thompson] to give her approval. In flashbacks, Travers' life story unfolds and Mary Poppins' story appears to be very similar, which explains why Travers is so difficult to persuade. Farrell scores in an unusually sympathetic role as Helen's father, but what makes this dramatized 'making of Mary Poppins' really special is the creative process by which the legendary songs of Robert [BJ Novak] and Richard Sherman [Jason Schwartzman] come about. . After this, try watching or listening to “Let's Go Fly A Kite” without a lump in your throat. Better yet, check out Mary Poppins right after this!

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