‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Review: Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks Are Spit-Spot-On in This Hollywood Valentine

An adult daughter of an alcoholic meets the granddaddy of all inner-child-enablers in “Saving Mr. Banks,” a whimsical, moving and occasionally insightful tale of author P.L. Travers clashing with Walt Disney over the mogul’s decades-long effort to bring her beloved novel “Mary Poppins” to the big screen.

Even when “Mr. Banks” gets brazenly manipulative, within parameters Walt himself would have approved, it gleefully assaults both the heart and the pleasure center. Perhaps most surprisingly, what could have merely been a studio’s love letter to itself — timed, not coincidentally, for the upcoming 50th anniversary of “Mary Poppins” — winds up being a meditation on the power that art has for artists as a way to exorcise the past.  Read More...


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