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Rated PG-13 · 125 minutes · 2013
Disney, as a rule, doesn’t put itself under the microscope very often. So giving us a peek behind the scenes at the less-than-ideal creative process for Mary Poppins is quite a gesture. Saving Mr. Banks (the title is a reference to the father in that famous 1964 film) introduces a rigid P. L. Travers (Emma Thompson), who refused for 20 years to let Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) adapt her most-beloved creation. When she finally relents, she obstructs every decision Disney and his creative team make to imbue Mary Poppins with a more Disney-fied feel. Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) balances that arc with Travers’ sad childhood in Australia. You’ll find necessary talking points there but it shouldn’t be half the film. Still, Emma Thompson is note-perfect and Tom Hanks gives one of those great Tom Hanks speeches in the final act that wraps this up beautifully.
Director: John Hancock
Producer: Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Christine Langan and Troy Lum
Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Dendrie Taylor, Kathy Baker, Victoria Summer, Ronan Vibert, Annie Buckley and Melanie Paxson

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The North Coast Journal Weekly Fine Burgundy Retro Hustle and Banks entertain by John J. Bennett 12/26/2013
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Portland Mercury A Spoonful of Daddy Issues There's some Disneyfication in Saving Mr. Banks, but that's not a bad thing. by Courtney Ferguson 12/18/2013
Colorado Springs Independent Saving Mr. Banks masterfully examines the perfection of Mary Poppins The fascinating story of how the film adaptation of Mary Poppins came to be. by Jeff Beck 12/18/2013
Creative Loafing Atlanta Saving Mr. Banks depicts the Disneyification of Mary Poppins A spoonful of sugar? More like a barrel by Curt Holman 12/12/2013
Connect Savannah Review: Saving Mr. Banks In truth, Travers was so offended by the movie and by Disney's treatment of her that she refused to ever do business with him again. by Matt Brunson 12/18/2013
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Boise Weekly Saving Walt Disney Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks are now playing at Edwards 9 and Edwards 22 by George Prentice 12/18/2013

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