Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

Feel-good biopic dramedy about Walt Disney's (Tom Hanks) 20-year pursuit of the film rights to British author P.L. Travers' (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins. Travers visits California in 1961, but Disney struggles to convince her of his screen vision and to crack her prim exterior. From the director of The Blind Side, co-starring Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman.

P.L Travers reflects 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 beloved 1934 book. None more so than the her caring father (Farrell), 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 character that the famous nanny comes to aid). While reluctant to grant Disney the rights, Travers comes to realise that the acclaimed 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.

2013Rating: PG, Mild themes125 minsUSA, UK, Australia
BiographyComedyDramaKids & FamilyTrue Story & Biography
91%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Somewhere, Uncle Walt is smiling.

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Total Film

Total Film

press

Hanks takes to Walt like a pair of cosy slippers, but it's Thompson who adds layers to a classy but predictable slice of Disney schmaltz.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The whole thing goes down with a few bucketloads of sugar. What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Emma Thompson, who plays Travers with wit and warmth.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The best parts offer an embellished, tidied-up but nonetheless reasonably authentic glimpse of the Disney entertainment machine at work.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A lovely, sentimental and quietly insightful account.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It would all seem horribly manipulative and distasteful if Saving Mr. Banks weren't buoyed by a strong sense of nostalgia and, yes, a good bit of Disney Magic(TM).

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An affecting if somewhat soft-soaped comedy drama, elevated by excellent performances.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future.

4.0
0

Three star generosity

Come one people let's not kid ourselves that this is some kind of work of art. It's a film about Disney heavily controlled by Disney and it is one of the most realistic cartoons they've made but it's still a cartoon.

3.0
0

A sweet, heart warming true story with wonderful performances from the brilliant Emma Thomson and the fantastic Tom Hanks. Highly recommended.

4.0
0

Watch the DVD extra on Mary Poppins to get the full story

Great acting Story was a bit twisted Disney was a lot meaner in real life than the film made him out to be.

3.0
0

Something new about Mary... Poppin's

This movie was pretty good. I was quite surprise at how simple it was to watch and omg... I did not know how much creative BS was given to make Mary poplin's the show that it is today. A goos watch and the acting was decent!

3.0
0

Clever coming together

A well written and clever coming together of two greats, both in the characters portrayed and the actors on screen as well as well played back up roles. A well rounded cast that is not top heavy with its Hollywood A-Listers. I was worried this portrayal may detract from the Mary Poppins of old but all this film does is create a need to re-watch the...

4.0
0

Quirky feelgood stuff

Pleasantly surprised with this quirky feelgood movie about Mary Poppins and the creativity involved. Emotionally touching to those who have had an interesting upbringing.

4.0
0

Top Notch Acting

Loved this well paced, well directed movie with superb acting from Emma Thompson. Also excellent and quirky supporting characters really add to the fun and humour of the film. Very interesting backstory on how Mary Poppins took over 20 years to be made and nearly didnt happen.

4.0
0

Heartwarming

A touching, funny and heart-warming film. Thompson is outstanding as Travers, likeable when she really shouldn't be. The songs are nostalgically wonderful and it's great to see the creative process (and pain) behind them.

4.0
0

Saving Mr Banks

I truly loved this movie, I found it both funny and very moving throughout the whole movie. I would highly recommend this film. The likeness to Walt Disney was amazing and the acting was superb, the characters were really believable as well.

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Somewhere, Uncle Walt is smiling.

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

Hanks takes to Walt like a pair of cosy slippers, but it's Thompson who adds layers to a classy but predictable slice of Disney schmaltz.

3.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The whole thing goes down with a few bucketloads of sugar. What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Emma Thompson, who plays Travers with wit and warmth.

4.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The best parts offer an embellished, tidied-up but nonetheless reasonably authentic glimpse of the Disney entertainment machine at work.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

A lovely, sentimental and quietly insightful account.

4.0
0
The Dissolve

The Dissolve

press

It would all seem horribly manipulative and distasteful if Saving Mr. Banks weren't buoyed by a strong sense of nostalgia and, yes, a good bit of Disney Magic(TM).

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An affecting if somewhat soft-soaped comedy drama, elevated by excellent performances.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future.

4.0
0

Three star generosity

Come one people let's not kid ourselves that this is some kind of work of art. It's a film about Disney heavily controlled by Disney and it is one of the most realistic cartoons they've made but it's still a cartoon.

3.0
0

A sweet, heart warming true story with wonderful performances from the brilliant Emma Thomson and the fantastic Tom Hanks. Highly recommended.

4.0
0

Watch the DVD extra on Mary Poppins to get the full story

Great acting Story was a bit twisted Disney was a lot meaner in real life than the film made him out to be.

3.0
0

Something new about Mary... Poppin's

This movie was pretty good. I was quite surprise at how simple it was to watch and omg... I did not know how much creative BS was given to make Mary poplin's the show that it is today. A goos watch and the acting was decent!

3.0
0

Clever coming together

A well written and clever coming together of two greats, both in the characters portrayed and the actors on screen as well as well played back up roles. A well rounded cast that is not top heavy with its Hollywood A-Listers. I was worried this portrayal may detract from the Mary Poppins of old but all this film does is create a need to re-watch the...

4.0
0

Quirky feelgood stuff

Pleasantly surprised with this quirky feelgood movie about Mary Poppins and the creativity involved. Emotionally touching to those who have had an interesting upbringing.

4.0
0

Top Notch Acting

Loved this well paced, well directed movie with superb acting from Emma Thompson. Also excellent and quirky supporting characters really add to the fun and humour of the film. Very interesting backstory on how Mary Poppins took over 20 years to be made and nearly didnt happen.

4.0
0

Heartwarming

A touching, funny and heart-warming film. Thompson is outstanding as Travers, likeable when she really shouldn't be. The songs are nostalgically wonderful and it's great to see the creative process (and pain) behind them.

4.0
0

Saving Mr Banks

I truly loved this movie, I found it both funny and very moving throughout the whole movie. I would highly recommend this film. The likeness to Walt Disney was amazing and the acting was superb, the characters were really believable as well.

5.0
0