This is a very enjoyable film without the usual hype of Hollywood - there are no car chases, violence and/or sex. Instead there is is a well developed story, that gives us a glimpse into a different world. Most of us know the story of Mary Poppins, either through the Disney Movie or as a childhood story read to them by their parents, so it brings back fond memories as we watch the original film being born.
The main figure of the story is Mrs P.L Travers who is the author of the "Mary Poppins" book, who not having written anything for 15 years, is running out of money. Mr Walt Disney is interested in turning the book beloved by his own children into a film to share with the world. The story revolves around the Mrs Travers struggle to keep the integrity of the story true to its origin, which is embedded in her own childhood. We begin to understand the personal meaning of the story to her and she fights the story writers at every turn. She portrayed as cantankerous and stern, but in reality she is strong resisting the pull of money and in spite of her personal struggles and her obvious aloneness she forges forth and shrewdly resists the trappings of power and glamour.
As we move through the story we begin to understand her more, why she doesn't like pears and why story telling is so important not only to her father,r but also Mr Disney.
This is not a story for very young children, it is based on a true story that is intriguing as it is entertaining
If you haven't seen the movie yet, I would recommend you go along to see it. If you have an elderly friend or relative, it's a great chance to take them to see a film that you both might enjoy.
Miscellaneous Fact - Did you know that the author of "Mary Poppins" grew up in Australia!
It's a great movie, with two stories running alongside one another. A little confusing for younger audiences but still very watchable. As a result of the movie coming out, it's taken us ages to hire the original Mary Poppins movie from the video store, as many people no doubt want to re-watch it after this movie.
I watched Saving Mr Banks a couple of weeks ago and to my surprise, really enjoyed it and shed a tear or two along the way. Not having ever watched Mary Poppins my whole life I found a few things hard to associate with, but found the movie overall, very entertaining. Being a huge Tom Hanks fan, I really enjoyed his portrayal of Walt Disney, especially when he was telling P.L. Travers of his own harsh upbringing. It isn't a movie for young people as a lot would go over their heads. Mandy E,
It was a great movie. I just wrote my own review of it. I have so much respect for P.L. Travers and Walt Disney now. I agree that it has added depth to the Mary Poppins movie.
By the way there is an extra ',r' after father in the third paragraph from the bottom.