The first movie I ever saw as a child was Mary Poppins. It remains one of my all time favorite films today. As a result, I was very excited to see Saving Mr. Banks this afternoon. The movie did not disappoint and is an excellent compliment for celebrating the golden anniversary of its predecessor, which was released in 1964.
The story is very well told, shifting primarily between 1961 and 1906. Great acting abounds in the film by Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Collin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and particularly Annie Rose Buckley, who played young P.L. Travers growing up in Australia. It is a witty, funny, charming, and at times heartbreaking movie that honors our collective joyful memories of Mary Poppins with delicate grace and charm.
Congratulations Disney for making a fine film about the making of a classic and beloved film. Bravo!