Director: John Lee Hancock
Time: 125 min
Stars: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, etc.
Trailer: trailerSaving Mr Banks is ultimately about Walt Disney convincing Mrs P. L. 'Pam' Travers to let him take her story and redeem it. In the beginning however Mrs Travers fears Disney will ruin her 'lovely characters' and make her story into one of his 'silly cartoons,' but her greatest fear is letting go. Disney, on the other hand, thinks Mary Poppins came to save the children, Jane and Michael. But she didn't. Mary Poppins came to save their father, Mr Banks, a character representing Mrs Travers' own father.
That's what Walt Disney comes to realize, at which point he and his team - the two Sherman brothers Robert and Richard and the scriptwriter Don DaGradi - come up with an idea they believe Mrs Travers will like. Their idea was to save Mr Banks - It wasn't something that had happened in real life.
In the end Walt Disney persuades Pamela to trust him with her story and to let him change it so that Mary Poppins saves Mr Banks, so that she - Mrs P. L. Travers - can be free of the weight and dictation of the past. In a scene near the end of the movie Disney promises Mrs Travers:
"...every time a person goes into a movie house ... they will see George Banks being saved. They will love him ... they will weep for his cares ... George Banks will be honored ...redeemed. ...and all he stands for will be saved. Maybe not in life, but in imagination. Because that’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again. Trust me, Mrs Travers. Let me prove it to you. I give you my word."
Tom Hanks is great as Walt Disney, and the two Sherman brothers with their sweaters, polo shirts, and slicked-back hair creating songs are nice. The taxi driver with his interest in the weather is a wonderful character.