Apparently “Saving Mr. Banks” is about how Walt Disney and the character’s creator got together to make the movie “Mary Poppins”. I had no idea. Then again, I rarely pay this much attention to a movie unless it involves, lasers, guns, explosions, and boobs, so it’s entirely my fault, I suppose.
Anyhoo. Check out the first trailer (below) and an image (above) from the upcoming movie, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. It’s interesting seeing Hanks in this kind of role (the kind he was born to play, if you ask me) after watching him in “Cloud Atlas”. He looks so much more comfortable here. The movie itself looks pretty good. Sweet as all get-out, which was expected given the subject matter. Who wants a grim and gritty and depressing story about how Disney made “Mary Poppins”, after all?
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.
Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, and Kathy Baker.
Mary Poppins pops on the screen this December 20, 2013.