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Saturday, December 21st 2013

12:36 AM

Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

When Walt Disney made a promise to his children, he kept it, so Walt himself declares to P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins fame. And that promise included bringing the enchanting story of Mary Poppins to the big screen.  

That promise proved to be a conundrum for Pamela Travers, however, because it required letting go of the rights to characters who represented people she loved, and risked tearing apart the memories she held close to her heart.

The story line chases the cat and mouse game between Disney and Travers, as they hammer out details of the portrayal of her characters. But it also travels along the lines of Travers’ back-story, and the upheaval of living with an alcoholic father.

As it turns out, Saving Mr. Banks wasn’t the story of Walt Disney after all, but of a little girl who adores her daddy, and wants his memory to be honored.

Take a break from the shopping and baking, and go see this movie. It calls attention to the importance of family, and the role that family creates in a person’s foundation for life. It is thought-provoking!

Sally

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