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Old 26-09-2013, 21:18
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Anyone looking forward to this? It is the story of how Walt Disney managed to persuade Pamela Travers to let him make a film based on Mary Poppins. It'll be interesting how it turns out as Travers hated the film in reality and refused to work with Disney on further films despite the huge success the film had, Its also the first time that Walt has been portrayed on screen, Tom Hanks looks the part for sure.

It comes on November 29th so us Brits get to see it before its US release in December,
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Old 26-09-2013, 21:23
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It's being co-produced by BBC Films and Walt Disney, can't see it being especially damning of the Disney film.

But I am interested in it...
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Old 26-09-2013, 23:16
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Yes I'm looking forward to it, I guess it'll probably gloss over some things, but I'm not looking at this to be an historical record of what happened.

Hopefully it will be a good film. I'm curious as to if they "all live happily ever after" or really depict P.L.'s disapproval.

And I love the fact that even from the brief glimpses in the trailer, some Disney fans are already pointing out the historical inaccuracies, such as Pinocchio's Daring Journey being visible in the Carousel scene. (The attraction was added in '83).
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Old 27-09-2013, 02:15
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Yes I'm looking forward to it, I guess it'll probably gloss over some things, but I'm not looking at this to be an historical record of what happened.

Hopefully it will be a good film. I'm curious as to if they "all live happily ever after" or really depict P.L.'s disapproval.
Its a tricky balance since they don't want to portray Walt in a bad light nor do they want to portray Pamela Travers in a bad light. I think in the terms of the ending, I think a bitter sweet ending of Pamela disliking it but accepting the fact it will bring joy to others would work.
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Old 11-11-2013, 23:35
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Saw this tonight at the cineworld screening, loved it. Very touching at places, and they handled the balance between showing Travers and Disney in a bad light in a very good way.
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Old 12-11-2013, 00:21
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Its also the first time that Walt has been portrayed on screen
Not really. A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995). Len Cariou appears as Walt Disney.

Disclaimer: Someone made a similar claim months ago and a poster challenged the claim by citing that film. Of course, this sparked a debate about whether a "TV movie" can be classified as "movie".
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Old 12-11-2013, 01:01
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Saw a screening today and its a very good film, its actually darker than you would expect but this is balanced with hilarious moments, Emma Thompson as PL Travers is excellent as is Tom Hanks as Walt. Disney themselves do poke some fun about itself in this film which I didn't expect them to do and the fact that Walt is depicted quite fairly with flaws intact rather than the Uncle Walt image.

My favourite bits all involving Pamela Travers were
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I think it will be nominated for awards, not sure it'll win but I hope that if this does well financially, we might see more of these type of films from Disney, maybe the Jim Henson biopic.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:14
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I wasn't sure about this one based on the trailers, but went along to the Unlimited screening anyway. Thought it was really quite good. Tom Hanks played a blinder as usual, but the real star of the show was Emma Thompson. She played the part brilliantly.
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Old 12-11-2013, 09:55
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I can't wait for this movie.

It looks like a mixture of things, funny, serious and I've heard there was even a few sad bits!
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Old 12-11-2013, 12:27
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I can't wait for this movie.

It looks like a mixture of things, funny, serious and I've heard there was even a few sad bits!
Looks like a really good movie. Im looking forward to going to see it.

Trailer is pretty good aswell.

http://www.trailer-geek.com/movie/saving-mr-banks/
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Old 12-11-2013, 22:16
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Saw this tonight as a screening and really enjoyed it. Emma Thompson is as ever fantastic!
Many happy and funny moments mixed with sadness and hope. Not a Disney film to take the very little ones but went with my 9 yr old DD and she really enjoyed it too. We are watching Mary Poppins DVD tomorrow!
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Old 14-11-2013, 19:04
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Adored it.

Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks were brilliant.

Had some really heart wrenching moments though...

Loved the
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Also really just wanted to watch Mary Poppins after.
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Old 17-11-2013, 14:28
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Just saw this today. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are predictably brilliant but then, it's rare that they don't dominate whatever film they're in. Emma especially is so very good every time she's on screen - and especially heartbreaking in several scenes. Emma Thompson tears are basically my kryptonite! I didn't expect Colin Farrell's role to be as prominent as it was (as PL Traver's father), but he was really rather good. Ruth Wilson as her mother was another strong performance. Really good cast all round basically.

The presence of practically the entire Mary Poppin's score, and many of that musical's most famous songs was a nice treat. Clearly, this film being made by Disney had it's benefits, including the chance to use the 1964 film's music as a basis for the score of this film! I did think they brushed over a whole load of Walt Disney's less agreeable behaviour, as has been written about extensively over the years, but a film by Disney about THE Disney was never going to be a particularly critical portrayal. They didn't soft soap everything though, so it didn't feel too saccharine.

Enjoyable but, at just over 2 hours, felt a tiny bit too long. It dragged in the middle for about 20 minutes. I think they could have lost a little of the minutiae of the meetings between Travers and the Sherman brothers (score writers for Mary Poppins), and it would have tightened it up a touch - but then some of the musical interludes would maybe have been lost. Overall, a strong awards contender for a whole bunch of the cast (Hanks and Thompson are sure to be on the ballot for the Globes and perhaps even the Oscars), and a solid film that goes a little way beyond the standard biopic it could have been.
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Old 26-11-2013, 18:35
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I'm so looking forward to this
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Old 26-11-2013, 19:16
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I didn't expect Colin Farrell's role to be as prominent as it was (as PL Traver's father), but he was really rather good. Ruth Wilson as her mother was another strong performance. Really good cast all round basically.
I think the trailer deliberately focuses on the relationship between the Walt Disney and PL Travers to pull in the American punters who want to see Tom Hanks.

I haven’t seen the film – but I assume there is actually far more focus on the Banks family and of course Mr Banks played by Colin Farrell. You would barely notice Mr Farrell was a key part of the movie from the trailer – as he never says a word and is shown in soft lighting/from a distance.

Its rumoured to be a potential Oscar contender on the best picture/acting front – and the reviews are very positive so far.

And unusually we get to see it weeks before the Americans
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Old 27-11-2013, 00:01
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Can't wait to see it. I remember Dick Van Dyke talking about it recently, quite curious to what he thought of the film
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Old 27-11-2013, 09:46
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I think the trailer deliberately focuses on the relationship between the Walt Disney and PL Travers to pull in the American punters who want to see Tom Hanks.

I haven’t seen the film – but I assume there is actually far more focus on the Banks family and of course Mr Banks played by Colin Farrell. You would barely notice Mr Farrell was a key part of the movie from the trailer – as he never says a word and is shown in soft lighting/from a distance.

Its rumoured to be a potential Oscar contender on the best picture/acting front – and the reviews are very positive so far.

And unusually we get to see it weeks before the Americans
I saw the trailer last night again and seeing it after the film reconfirmed what I though - the trailer does a very poor job of showing off the film. Having seen the film and enjoyed it, I still sat and watched the trailer and thought that it was not a film I'd want to see. Thank goodness for an Unlimited card and the ability to see films that I do not think I will like.
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Old 27-11-2013, 10:30
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Its a tricky balance since they don't want to portray Walt in a bad light nor do they want to portray Pamela Travers in a bad light. I think in the terms of the ending, I think a bitter sweet ending of Pamela disliking it but accepting the fact it will bring joy to others would work.
I wonder if Walt's old Nazi friend Leni Riefenstahl puts in an appearance.
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Old 27-11-2013, 14:19
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I saw the trailer last night again and seeing it after the film reconfirmed what I though - the trailer does a very poor job of showing off the film. Having seen the film and enjoyed it, I still sat and watched the trailer and thought that it was not a film I'd want to see.Thank goodness for an Unlimited card and the ability to see films that I do not think I will like.
I saw the trailer for this yesterday and thought it looked good ....I just have to convince my friend now to go and see it as after she saw the trailer didn't fancy it at all!
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Old 27-11-2013, 19:32
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Can't wait to see it. I remember Dick Van Dyke talking about it recently, quite curious to what he thought of the film
I gather he said it was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
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Old 01-12-2013, 00:16
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Its rumoured to be a potential Oscar contender on the best picture/acting front – and the reviews are very positive so far.
It won't win Best Picture, or at least it shouldn't. It's good but not outstanding - slightly overlong, and a bit sugar-coated in places, though the darker bits are wonderfully done and towards the end it becomes very charming. It is Academy fodder, but I think there are better movies out this year, and a lot of the Best Picture predictions I've seen have 12 Years a Slave, Gravity and American Hustle above this one. Plus no-one's seen The Wolf of Wall Street yet.

Thompson and Hanks will definitely be on the Best Actress and (Supporting?) Actor shortlists though (I think I read that Hanks is going Supporting for this and Lead for Captain Phillips). But I don't think either of them will win, and I'd personally Best Actress to go to Cate Blanchett. I thought Emma Thompson was very good in this, the last scene especially, but Blanchett just edges her out for me.

An enjoyable couple of hours in the cinema though, and it certainly deserves some acting plaudits, Hanks and Thompson are better than they've been for a long time.


And I was also very happy to see a trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis before this (brilliant movie which will hopefully pick up some awards season momentum soon), and August: Osage County (which I'm very intrigued to see).
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Old 01-12-2013, 14:12
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I saw it last night - a funny beautifully sweet film. If you don't blub at least once in the last 30 minutes you have a heart of stone. Lots of wonderful acting too.

It does of course play a bit fast and loose with history - but don't most Hollywood retellings of real life events. You must also stay for the full end credits - as it proves that Emma Thompson doesn't understate how much of a battleaxe PL Travers was.

I do expect one or two Oscar nominations for the actors at least!
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Old 01-12-2013, 22:25
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Why did Travers always insist on being called Mrs Travers considering she wasn't married? Surely it should have been Miss Travers,
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Old 01-12-2013, 22:49
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i liked this but way too many flashbacks - they took you out of the main part of the film. plus they treated the audience like idiots, constantly spelling out things in the past that were still affecting her, eg blood. it didnt need it.

also.. walt disney was really not a nice man by the 60s and she def wasn't the repressed spinster they made her out to be. she'd been an actress, poet and had affairs with both men and women
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Old 02-12-2013, 00:19
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Similar to many others, I thought that the flashbacks were very repetitive, I became bored of them in the end. However the film as a whole was quire enjoyable, I'd give it 4 stars.

The flashbacks worked best when they were simultaneously weaved into the narrative, such as:
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