I have to say, I preferred this project back when I thought it was going to be a Walt Disney biopic. But no, it looks to be a narrative on the making of Mary Poppins....who wants that?
I kid, I kid....(kinda). But since I was one of those kids who never really got around to watching the adored classic, the premise of SAVING MR. BANKS doesn't appeal to me as much as it might to others. Tom Hanks stars as the iconic Walt Disney who meets Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and is determined to turn to her popular children's story into a time-honored Hollywood movie (no matter how reluctant she is).
More on the plot below:
When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her childhood in 1906 Australia, a trying time for her family which not only molded her aspirations to write, but one that also inspired the characters in her 1934 book.
None more so than the one person whom she loved and admired more than any other—her caring father, Travers Goff, a tormented banker who, before his untimely death that same year, instills the youngster with both affection and enlightenment (and would be the muse for the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks, the sole character that the famous nanny comes to aide). While reluctant to grant Disney the film rights, Travers comes to realize that the acclaimed Hollywood storyteller has his own motives for wanting to make the film—which, like the author, hints at the relationship he shared with his own father in the early 20th Century Midwest.
Although the cast, which includes Colin Farrell (as Travers Goff), Paul Giamatti and Rachel Griffiths, is impressive, I can't say I'm all that jazzed to see the film. Perhaps it's the bitter memories of last year's film about the making of a film, Hitchcock? Let's hope SAVING MR. BANKS is better than that.
Director John Lee Hancock, who helmed The Blind Side and The Alamo is behind the movie, which was penned by TV's "Terra Nova" creator, Kelly Marcel (who's also said to be writing the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie). That's quite a pairing, eh?
Check out the new trailer after the jump and feel free to share your comments.
SAVING MR. BANKS opens in theaters December 13th.