Saving Mr. Banks (2013) - Review

There's something a little incestuous about a studio making a movie about one of its greatest box office triumphs. But Disney's backstage drama about how its whimsical 1964 kids' classic Mary Poppins came to be is a delight. Have they sanded off some of Mouse House maestro Walt Disney's rougher edges and added a spoonful or two of sugar to help the medicine go down? Sure. But John Lee Hancock's film is a soul-stirring treat. Much of the credit has to go to Emma Thompson, who plays Mary Poppins' author, P.L. Travers — a humorless British battle-ax who keeps resisting Disney's siren call (and open checkbook) to sell the rights to her creation.

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