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    Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    Hello all, in case you missed it here is the first trailer for 'Saving Mr. Banks'

    I'm interested to see people's thoughts about this one. After watching it a couple times I personally feel like this looks like an interesting story with a cast of great actors .... however I think all of the main actors have been horribly miscast in their roles.

    First.. Tom Hanks as Walt: There is very little if any resemblance of Walt in Hanks' depiction. Looks wise, he really just looks like Tom Hanks with a moustache. There seems to be no makeup or any attempt to make Tom look even close to Walt, they just told him to grow a 'stache. And for some strange reason Hanks decided to give Walt what sounds like a slight Southern accent. Walt definitely had zero accent to the way he spoke, and if there was any trace of some kind of accent it definitely wasn't a Southern one. And based on the scenes in the trailer, Hanks does not get Walt's persona or playful charm right either.

    Second.. Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as the Sherman Brothers: I really have no idea why these two were cast. They themselves look nothing like brothers nor anything like the Sherman Brothers. Same problem with their mannerisms, they don't seem to match any of the footage we have of the Sherman brothers at all.

    I'll be interested to see the film, if only to see shots of early Disney Studios and Disneyland recreated... but I have to say this trailer seems to be a big let down for me.

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    It is often difficult to get the full feeling for a film by a trailer; trailers can be skewed (we have all seen the 'Scary Mary Popplins' faux trailer); about the only thing we get to judge is whether the actors resemble their real-life counter-parts... and even this can be misleading.

    Views of various trailers with actors portraying known (beloved) personalities have long been met with similar comments, based on short snippets: "Michelle Williams looks NOTHING like Marilyn...", "Anthony Hopkins has been miscast; he doesn't have any of Hitchcock's traits...", "Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't have the stature or build to play Lincoln..." and yet, as the film unfolds, and we meet these personalities "anew" on the screen, we begin to get a feel for what the actor is bringing to the characterization: not a wax image, not an impersonation, but a real living and breathing feel for the person...

    Let's let the film open, and then we can start tearing it down.
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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    Quote Originally Posted by EvilQueen View Post

    It is often difficult to get the full feeling for a film by a trailer; trailers can be skewed (we have all seen the 'Scary Mary Popplins' faux trailer); about the only thing we get to judge is whether the actors resemble their real-life counter-parts... and even this can be misleading.

    Views of various trailers with actors portraying known (beloved) personalities have long been met with similar comments, based on short snippets: "Michelle Williams looks NOTHING like Marilyn...", "Anthony Hopkins has been miscast; he doesn't have any of Hitchcock's traits...", "Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't have the stature or build to play Lincoln..." and yet, as the film unfolds, and we meet these personalities "anew" on the screen, we begin to get a feel for what the actor is bringing to the characterization: not a wax image, not an impersonation, but a real living and breathing feel for the person...

    Let's let the film open, and then we can start tearing it down.
    Well said your highness, I've been excited for this film for a while. I think Emma Thompson is going to do a great job as P.L. Travers. Tom Honks as Walt is a difficult choice for me, I think he will do a great job but at times in the trailer he sounded like Forrest Gump. But still I'll just keep further judgment internal until the film is released.


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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    I agree that they made no attempt to make Hanks look anything like Walt other than have him grow the mustache. Of course, they don't resemble each other at all to begin with, so there probably wasn't much that could be done anyway. As far as the voice, I think he got Walt's speaking rhythm down pretty well but I have no idea where that southern accent came from. Walt was a Midwesterner so he had the midwestern non-accent. It take that back. He had a weird way of saying the word "measure" but that's really it.

    Shwartzman and Novak have no business playing the Sherman Brothers. Since to this day you can see the real Shermans playing and singing with Walt outside the Carousel of Progress at approximately the same time Mary Poppins was in production, you think they might try a little to find actors that at least resemble the people they are playing a little.
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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    The one and only thing I think when I watch the trailer is "it's Tom Hanks with a mustache."
    He does NOT cut it as Walt for me. End of story.

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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    Moderator, please merge all three Saving Mr. Banks threads.

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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    I'm pretty excited for the movie. I thought the role of Walt was minor in this film, but I was apparently wrong in that assumption.

    I agree, I do not see Walt in Tom Hanks. On one hand, I think Tom Hanks brings a lot of talent to the table, on the other I'd like a lesser known actor who looks more similar to Walt... but then there's a question of acting ability?

    Either way, I'm looking forward to see it!

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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    When I first heard about Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney in this movie, the one thing I looked forward the most was seeing the first trailer. And it didn't disappoint. I find myself watching it a lot ever since it first debuted. I guess it's the Disney fan in me. And there's a lot for Disney fans in it.

    One example is Tom Hanks as Walt recreating scenes from the Disneyland TV show. I hope there is more of that in the movie. I also love the shot of him at the Disneyland main gate. I agree his accent sounds a little too southern. But I think Mr. Hanks is going to make a fine Mr. Disney for his first portrayal on film. I haven't been this excited for a movie in a long time.

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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    my initial reaction is that im very excited cannot wait to see it, I have to admit tom hanks looks like a decent walt but hos accent is uh, southern sounding and doesnt go well, personally.
    When this comes out I will definately be there!
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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    The scene that made me love Hanks as Walt Disney was a tiny little part of the trailer. They are showing the back of Hanks/Walt and Hanks/Walt puts his hands on his lower back. It just seemed like such a Walt move that it made me smile.

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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    Watched the trailer over and over. I can hardly wait for this to come out. I agree with TodAZ1, that little part of Hanks/Walt putting his hands on his back just seems so right!
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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    Can't wait! I think Tom is fine with Walt even though, as other's have said, the accent threw me off. But Emma Thompson is going to be fantastic as PL Travers. She is actually probably who I'm really excited to see!

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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    I will watch the film from two perspectives. The first perspective will be the film as a whole, judging it on the merits and credentials of how I critique other films. The second perspective will be a super nit picky type of look where I just tear the film apart for so many inaccuracies. The former will be more of my true stance on the film and the second will just be for fun and I will try not to let such nit picks get in the way (Unless it is a truly big not pick that cannot be overlooked)

    PS: I love you Tom hanks in so many roles, but I am just not buying his role as Walt Disney. Hopefully I will allow myself a little bit suspension of disbelief when I finally see the film.



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    Re: Saving Mr. Banks Trailer -- Thoughts?

    Tom Hanks does the two finger point in the carousel scene andalmost has a twinkle in his eye.

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