Excerpt: La historia de cómo Walt Disney convenció a P.L. Travers para adaptar al cine “Mary Poppins” se desequilibra por la flojera del director John Lee Hancock, aunque mantiene el tono gracias al trabajo de sus actores y una puesta en escena limpia.
Excerpt: The film, however, is wholly Thompson’s and she reigns over its proceedings like the legendary performer she is. There’s an immense pleasure in watching her iceberg demeanor slowly melt while still retaining a good deal of its original shape, whether that be in her casual chats with kind chauffeur Ralph (Paul Giamatti) or in growing to accept the formerly appalling ideas of DaGradi and the Shermans.
Excerpt: The story of a Magic Mogul who helped a sad woman overcome her Daddy Issues, and, while they’re at it, of how a multinational corporation crushed an idiosyncratic artist (for her own good!). It also may be the most self-congratulatory bit of hagiography Hollywood has ever produced, and that’s saying something.
Excerpt: She’s afraid that if she signs the rights to Disney, and if he in turn makes a film out of her books, that he will turn Mary Poppins into a cartoon, a creature that is all sparkle and whimsy, with all the rough edges sanded off and darkness removed. While watching John Lee Hancock’s film, it’s easy to imagine the real Travers tutting ruefully as the corporation that bears Disney’s name does to her own life what she feared Walt himself would do to Mary Poppins.
Excerpt: It’s easy to scoff at P.L. Travers because Mary Poppins the movie is now an acknowledged classic. However the script intelligently presents why Travers resisted the Disneyfication of a beloved story based on her childhood.
Excerpt: Based on the tape recordings of the real Travers, she might have been a toughie on the whimsically sentimental and non-cynical “Saving Mr. Banks,” but Walt, himself, would have embraced it with loving arms. You will, too.
Excerpt: Mary Poppins was one of the most successful films ever made and remains a treasure to many generations of filmgoers. There was a time when the film almost never was, Saving Mr. Banks tells that story, but digs beyond that narrative into the heart of a mournful daughter
Excerpt: …what’s most unfortunate is that the film’s true inspiration — the reluctant and curmudgeonly author of the source material — is presented as a redundant shrew in need of taming by everyone’s favorite uncle, Walt Disney.
Excerpt: One cannot go wrong this holiday season when checking out the moving and festive Saving Mr. Banks, a spirited biopic that rises to the occasion because its pulse thrives on what it knows best—the creative process behind movie-making.
Excerpt: Agrada a miúdos e graúdos com uma estória de várias leituras, é o melhor conto de fadas em imagem real desde “Enchanted”.
Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
Excerpt: Yes, this is the movie about how Walt Disney coaxed a very iron-willed Pamela “P.L.” Travers to sell him the rights to film her first “Mary Poppins” book, but it turns out to be about much more than just the irresistible force meeting the immovable object, it also it also tells a parallel story that tries to explain Travers reluctance.
Excerpt: A tailor-made Hollywood crowd-pleaser, “Saving Mr. Banks” deploys as much fantasy as fact in telling Walt Disney’s tenacious efforts to transform “Mary Poppins” into a movie — with the necessary approval of its popular children’s book author.
Excerpt: The end result, though well-mounted and featuring knock-the-soot-out-of-your-chimney performances from Emma Thompson as Travers and Tom Hanks as the movie mogul, feels more like a Disney theme park version of events than the real story.