To bookend our weekend, Sunday midget and I went to see Saving Mr. Banks.
I’ll admit, this movie did not originally make it on my list. Even when I found out a childhood friend was an extra in the movie…I was going to wait for the DVD. Then midget went to see it and raved about it, so I decided I had to see this movie in theatres.
This movie further proves our theory that Disney is really stepping up it’s game in the last couple years. Even if I had disliked this movie, I would have had to admit that it is a well crafted film and superbly acted. There were many tears shed.
I made the mistake of looking up the movie on google before writing this and clicking on the link ‘things Saving Mr. Banks gets wrong’. Don’t be me. Don’t do that. I interpret the point of this movie is magic in storytelling.
The ‘saving’ in this movie is Mrs. Travers saving her father through storytelling, telling the story as she wished it would have been and having the world remember him how she wishes things could have been. The truth, which is told in flashbacks, is a terribly sad story, but the child wants the world to remember the father she loved. Not the alcoholic who couldn’t hold a job and dies, driving her mother to attempted suicide.
The movie is told through flashbacks to Mrs. Travers childhood, and her dealings with Disney. You can interpret the flashbacks as you wish, we are only told the part of the story that is through the eyes of a child. And a child always views the world different from a grownup.
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are spectacular, as are the supporting cast. The last movie I can think of that was this strong was The King’s Speech. Seeing Disneyland made me ridiculously happy, even seeing LAX made me happy—which is a thing I have never said before and probably never will again.
Saving Mr. Banks is a reminder as to the magic of storytelling that Disney possesses, and a reminder of why they’ve been entertaining us for over fifty years. After both Frozen and Saving Mr. Banks I look forward to seeing if Disney keeps up the streak of excellent movies.
And dang it, now I want to go to Disneyland.