Winds in the east, mist coming in. Like somethin’ is brewin’ and bout to begin. Such beautiful and memorable words to a classic film. Saving Mr. Banks is an eye-opening event of seeing how Mary Poppins became the wonderful film it still is today. I felt like every actor was perfectly cast in this film. Emma Thompson is laugh-out loud funny as the author, P.S. Travers. She is so pessimistic and cynical about every detail; no matter if is about details regarding the script or everyday life that it that each and every line she utters is simply hilarious. Tom Hanks is uncannily familiar as Walt Disney. The mannerisms and the way he speaks, it is like watching a reincarnation of the man himself. Jason Schwartzman, B. J. Novak, Colin Farrell, and Paul Giamatti are all fantastic as the supporting characters. There are many flashbacks in the film to Travers early life and growing up with an alcoholic father that she lost at an early age. I thought this was the perfect way to show us who this woman is. Saving Mr. Banks is a wonderful, family film that will transport you back in time to the 60s and let you see how Mary Poppins all started. It’s a film that will certainly make you laugh, maybe cry (I certainly did), and warm your heart by these remarkable characters.
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