Disney doing Disney, featuring Walt Disney. There was always going to be more than a spoonful of sugar to help this medicine go down, but the helping is so large in Saving Mr. Banks, it threatens to send you into a diabetic coma.
Emma Thompson is on career-best form, all spikes and pots of tea, while Hanks does what he does best: charm the audience. A most soothing and charismatic balm.
Saving Mr. Banks, perhaps more so than Mary Poppins, is the film P.L. Travers deserves. It is hilarious, poignant and, in the right frame of mind, a triumph.
Saving Mr. Banks‘ incredible cast are firing on all cylinders, from the top tier to the supporting, which results in one of the funniest, most touching films of the year. It can get a little twee, but it is also rather terrific too.
CAST: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Annie Buckley
DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
WRITER: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith
SYNOPSIS: P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins, travels to Los Angeles to do battle with Walt Disney over his bid to bring her popular character to the silver screen.