Movie Pit: Saving Mr. Banks

20 Dec 2013 by Brandon Pero, No Comments »

Hey everyone! Welcome to Movie Pit. Movie Pit is a weekly movie review on TDN. All ratings for Movie Pit are based on the website Rotten Tomatoes, the free movie review website which judges if something is a ripe tomato (Above 60%) or a rotten tomato (Under 60%).

Two-time Academy Award (R)-winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar (R)-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise-one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen-and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. (C) Disney

In my opinion, there is no such thing as a bad Tom Hanks movie. Or even an average Tom Hanks movie. All of Tom Hanks’s movies have been outstanding and it seems that most critics agree with me because this movie pulled off an 81% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Although the ratings were good, the comments weren’t as tasteful. Josh Larsen from LarsenOnFilm said that it was, “…surprisingly digestible.” Margaret Pomeranz’s review on At the Movies (Australia) stated, “I actually found this film moving in a strange way.” “The sap doesn’t run too thick, although it does run…,” was said by Tom Long on Detroit News.

Unfortunately the comments keep rolling like this. However the ratings state that the critics did enjoy the movie and I know I will. Take a look at the preview and maybe even go see the movie at your local theater!

 

 

Saving Mr. Banks

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