The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

Saving P. L. Travers (SPOILERS)

Saving_Mr._Banks_Theatrical_Poster

Can we just talk about how cool this poster is for “Saving Mr. Banks?”  Great job by the designer.  I love how it shows the people behind the characters they love.  Not only does it look good, it also means something.

Now for the movie itself…I was completely blown away by “Saving Mr. Banks.”  It went above and beyond my expectations.

First off, Emma Thompson (P. L. Travers) was just absolutely fantastic.  She never went out of character, consistently acting even when she wasn’t the focus of a shot.  Many of the scenes involving Travers were of her by herself; however, Thompson was still able to illustrate Travers’s thoughts even without speaking.  One scene that stuck out to me was the scene where Disney visited Travers at her home after she had left California.  They had a heart to heart, sharing their troubling pasts.  Travers didn’t say much; instead, she blinked back tears, showing us more than any words could describe.  Thompson was flawless in this role.

One aspect I loved about this film was that at the surface, it was a movie about making movies.  Going along with the “Inception” concept, I have always enjoyed movies within movies.  I find it fascinating to learn about the filmmaking process.  In this particular film, the movie that we watched being made was one that was already near and dear to our hearts.  “Mary Poppins” was a film that I grew up watching and learned every line to every song.  I love how they included these songs in “Saving Mr. Banks.”  This allowed me to feel an immediate connection with the film.

My one critique for “Saving Mr. Banks:” The story of Travers’ past was a bit too predictable and clichéd.  A girl loves her perfect father, but is he too perfect?  Behind closed doors, he is a miserable alcoholic.  And surprise, surprise, he passes away while the girl is still young, and it haunts her for the rest of her life.  This is a story that has been told time and time again.  Another element that didn’t help regarding this predictability was that we saw Travers both in the present and in the past; And her personality was completely different.  She was no longer a care-free, happy child, but a grumpy, old woman.  It was obvious that something happened to cause this shift in Travers.  And the fact that the past scenes were so focused on her father revealed that this shift in her character had something to do with him.  My only complaint for this movie was that the story about Travers past was a lot weaker than the story about her present.

Overall, “Saving Mr. Banks” was cute and funny, but deep down, it was a film about letting go.  It was deeply sincere.  I will gladly watch “Saving Mr. Banks” time and time again.

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