Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray Review
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.
On Blu-ray and Digital HD, Saving Mr. Banks sweeps viewers away with enchanting high definition picture and sound, plus delightful, never-before-seen bonus features, including “The Walt Disney Studios: From Poppins to Present,” in which director John Lee Hancock takes viewers on an insider’s tour of Disney Studios today and reflects on studio life during the creation of Mary Poppins. Additional bonus materials include “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” in which the film’s cast and crew sing an impromptu version of the iconic song on set during the last day of shooting, and deleted Scenes.
Saving Mr. Banks tells the story behind the iconic movie, Mary Poppins, and the struggle it was to make. The author of Mary Poppins, PL Travers, wasn’t easily wooed by the Disney magic and held the rights to her beloved books close to her heart. We learn that Walt Disney had been trying for 20 years to work with her to make Mary Poppins into a movie and Mrs. Travers (as she insisted on being called) always refused. It isn’t until she needs money that she begins to even consider Walt’s (as he insisted on being called) offer.
Walt Disney has Mrs. Travers flown to Los Angeles to discuss the production of Mary Poppins and get her input on the making of the film. We meet Walt Disney played by Tom Hanks who I absolutely adored in this film. Side note: Tom Hanks is one of my favourite actors and gives an outstanding performance.
Mrs. Travers is extremely difficult to work with. She is very set in her ways and some of the things she said to Walt and his team were a bit shocking. She speaks her mind and doesn’t sugarcoat anything! No one could say anything to her because they needed her approval to make this movie. I’m sure in their heads they were thinking of things they wished they could say. For instance, Mrs. Travers didn’t like the script so she flung the whole thing out the window. Another example is when she arrived at her hotel and seen all the gifts from Disney and didn’t like that at all! She saw the fruit basket on the table and noticed their was pears in it. She couldn’t have that so she threw the pears off her balcony where they landed in the pool. We later learn why she hated pears so much and it made sense in the end why she did that.
The movie goes back and forth from present day to Mrs. Travers childhood in Australia. The flashbacks are crucial to the movie because we begin to understand more about where she came up with the story of Mary Poppins and also learn why she is so overly protective of it. There were moments in the movie that brought me to tears. I had disliked Mrs. Travers at the start of the movie, but by the end, I grew to love her.
John and I watched Saving Mr. Banks together and even he shed some tears at the end. I was truly touched by the movie and gained a new appreciation for Mary Poppins. In fact, I think I need to buy the movie so I can watch it again.
Don’t turn off the movie when the credits start rolling at the end. You’ll see pictures of the real Walt Disney and Mrs. Travers as well as hearing the recordings of a session with Mrs. Travers giving her input on the script.