Inspired by true events, Saving Mr Banks is the extraordinary behind-the-scenes story of the tribulations Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and his staff endured whilst attempting to convince relentless authoress P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to sign over the rights to her novel Mary Poppins.
Travers’ childhood in Australia is effectively explored in flashback scenes, highlighting the close bond she shared with her father and the tragic events endured as a child that were the catalyst to her incredible imagination and her ultimate refusal to co-operate with Disney.
All facets of this majestic production are outstanding especially the editing, as audiences are skillfully transported into Travers’ childhood.
Performances are faultless and Thompson’s poignant scenes will reduce the more sensitive viewers to tears.
Mesmerising and insightful, Saving Mr Banks is a remarkable cinematic achievement. (MM)