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To say I have been excited about the movie Saving Mr. Banks would be an understatement.
Ever since I first heard the premise of the film earlier this year, I couldn’t wait to see it.
I may or may not have even tried to get my son to skip his school Christmas play so that we could attend the media preview. (Don’t worry, the school play won out.)
But this past weekend we actually paid money to go see Saving Mr. Banks in the theater… Something I don’t do very often out of principle…. but I simply couldn’t wait until the DVD came out for this one.
I really don’t have anything negative to say about this film, but I will make mention of one simple caution before I launch into my praise: the film is rated PG-13 and we still brought our seven and nine-year-olds to it. While they enjoyed it and there definitely wasn’t anything inappropriate in the film (other than the previews), it was definitely intense and full of emotion. I appreciated every ounce of it, but I just want all of you to make sure you don’t think you are bringing your kids to another version of Mary Poppins.
That being said, this was definitely one of the best movies I have ever seen. Not only was the story itself amazing, but it was told in such a beautiful, lovely, and cohesive way.
This is the first time Walt Disney has every been portrayed on film, and award-winning actor Tom Hanks more than did the role justice. Even though I obviously never had a first-hand experience meeting Mr. Disney, Hanks beautifully morphed into the icon. In fact, all of the characters were perfectly cast and transported us seamlessly into the time period of the making of Mary Poppins.
For those of you who have yet to hear about this film, it’s the story of how Walt Disney convinces P.L. Travers to let him turn her book into the now iconic film character, Mary Poppins. The film takes us back and forth between Travers’ childhood that led to the writing of the book and the ‘present day’ difficulties Disney had fulfilling the 20 year old promise he made to his two daughters to bring Mary to life on screen (sorry, May Poppins…never just Mary).
This film took me on a journey far beyond Jane & Michael could ever have experienced…and just in time…Saving Mr Banks celebrates the arrival of something truly special.
Now you can take a trip down memory lane with film and bonus clips from the Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Combo Pack available now! Go behind-the-scenes on this Disney Classic as Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins), Dick Van Dyke (Bert), Karen Dotrice (Jane Banks) and composer Richard Sherman reminisce about their time making this movie, including a brand-new clip featuring Jason Schwartzman (who plays Richard Sherman in Saving Mr. Banks)!
If you want to experience how the two films converge, check out this clip from the all-new ‘Becoming Mr. Sherman’ bonus on the Mary Poppins 50th anniversary Bluray/DVD, featuring a conversation between legendary composer Richard Sherman and actor Jason Schwartzman (who plays Richard Sherman in Saving Mr. Banks) about writing songs for Mary Poppins.
Saving Mr. Banks is now in theaters and the Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) is now available to purchase on Amazon for under $30.
Hope you’re having a jolly holiday with your family!