Yesterday I went to see Saving Mr. Banks with my family. Without a doubt, this film has made it on my list of favorite films.
First off the performances are top notch. Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giomatti, Colon Ferrel, Jason Swartzman, all wonderful!! The parallel story's:better than Godfather Part II's parallel plots (personally). Everything about this film was a dream come true and then some.
This film is also a landmark in that in a scene near the end, while Travers was on the red carpet, I had to remove my glasses and wipe my eyes due to the tears welling up in them. That has only happens once before.
By far the best thing about this film was the chemistry between Walt and P.L Travers. Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are going to win many awards this season. Thompson portrays Travers with such dry wit (her little jab at Winnie the Pooh was great) and an unloveable personality that you side with Hank's Walt Disney for most of the film.
Let's talk about Tom Hanks for a moment. At first, I was skeptical, I saw Hanks with a mustache. As the film progressed however, I said to myself "Welcome back Walt". The scene that cemented his performance for me was when he was telling Travers about his own "Mr. Banks" Elias Disney, and his childhood in Kansas City. I was mesmerized.
Not only was the time with Walt wonderful, but the scenes of PL's childhood had me hooked, Colin Ferrel put on such a great performance.
If you are skeptical in seeing this movie, or you think you already know how it happens (slight spoiler: you won't know Travers thoughts) leave those thoughts at your doorstep and see this beautiful picture. Preferably by yourself, or with a loved one. Not with a family. This is a film that will be seen as personal to many people, and is better watched alone, or with your significant other.
Saving Mr. Banks gets the LordVader Seal of Approval!!
Good Day, and Merry Christmas.