Growing up, Mary Poppins was one of my all time favorite movies to watch. I was never a big fan of stuff that was animated – I always preferred actual people doing the acting. So when I saw that there was a movie coming out that told the story OF Mary Poppins – I knew without a doubt that I would be sitting in the theater on Opening Day.
And I was.
What I didn’t anticipate was how much I was going to love the film, how I was going to fall in love with Mary Poppins all over again – and how I needed to take a box of Kleenex because I was gonna ugly cry… a couple of times.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.
To be honest I can watch Tom Hanks in black and white with subtitles (except for Castaway – what WAS that!?!) – but in this movie I nearly forgot I was even watching one of my favorite actors – it really felt like I was watching the real Walt Disney. The way he sounded, his mannerisms – it was great to see him really become his character. Emma Thompson was also fantastic, and since I knew nothing of the back story or the struggle that it took to get Mary Poppins to film – I was really sucked in to the movie – all 125 minutes of it.
The Blu-Ray and Digital HD come with bonus features like deleted scenes and director interview – but my favorite is the “Let’s Go Fly A Kite” tribute. Maybe because that is one of my favorite songs – but it was just a fun way to wrap up the whole film. I may or may not have teared up then too.
If you have not yet seen it, I do highly recommend it. It IS PG13 as it does have a few scenes that may not be suitable for young children. There were a few scenes that were tough for me to even watch – just because of the emotion of them. I was blown away at the story behind my favorite childhood films – all the way down to the songs. I do not want to give anything away, but I will say again -I cried. But a good, heartfelt, feel good, love cry.
Pick up Saving Mr Banks on Blu-Ray + Digital HD tomorrow at stores everywhere.