Saving Mr. Banks is the untold true story about the author of the beloved Mary Poppins novel, P.L. Travis or Mrs Travis as she insists on being called. On the twentieth attempt in twenty years, Walt Disney insists that she hands over the rights for a movie adaptation. This time around she decides to come to California and overlook, or dictate in this instance, how pre-production on the film is going.
Saving Mr. Banks showcases a wide variety of sensational performances. If all I knew about this film were the cast then I'd be sold. Luckily for me I knew a bit more then just the cast so I was even more confident that I will enjoy it. The line-up for the film includes Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Paul Giamatti and I can honestly say every one of these actors exceeded my expectations. There are some characters in the film that, at first, appear to be all cliché, over the top and 'disney-a-fied', but that is literally how these characters acted, talked, dressed etc. which just makes me appreciate the performances even further.
The film features plenty of humour scattered throughout. Saving Mr. Banks is a very very funny biography the features plenty of humour that will appeal to both children, teenagers and adults. The humour in the film was absolutely hysterical, but it's humour that everyone will understand and hopefully like. Most of the humour comes from the character's reactions to a certain situation or how they approach something they're not fond of. Two of the highlights being an ongoing argument about making up words and when Travis first enters her hotel room and finds a rather unusual surprise.
The screenplay for the film was marvellous. The film is a Disney film about Walt Disney so I figured there wouldn't be a single negative thing about him in the film, but I was wrong. The film is nearly entirely accurate, a few details about Travis' reaction to the final film was not present for obvious reasons. Everything else in the film was shown in a realistic way that I presume was very precise after hearing the audio shown mid way through the credits which is most certainly worth sticking around for.
The film actually got fairly emotional at various points in the film, especially in the final act. The final act of the film was fairly upsetting yet it was also very uplifting. The final act of the film ended on a high note, which is unlike how it ended in reality, although prior to this my eyes were beginning to swell up with tears. There are a few scenes where the past catches up to both Walt Disney and P.L. Travis and some of these scenes were very upsetting. I am proud to admit that I teared up in the last two Tom Hanks films to hit our cinemas.
There are a few scenes in the film that neared going on for two long. A couple of scenes in this film were verging on the edge of being too long at times. I'm happy to say that this never happened once in the film, but it almost got to that stage at various times. If a few of these scenes went on for just a few seconds longer then I would begun to have gotten fairly restless. However that could of course be because of the uncomfortable seats I saw in; the disadvantages of seeing films in foreign states.
To sum up Saving Mr. Banks is a superbly acted, well written, almost entirely true story that features many humorous moments as well as plenty of emotional scenes. There were just a few scenes that neared being too long.
4 1/2 Stars