Saving Mr Banks is Practically Perfect in Every Way!

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Saving Mr Banks really is a good film.

This film is unexpectedly sad in some ways. From what I knew of P.L.Travers or Helen Lyndon Goff (her real name) she didn’t exactly have the happiest of lives. Being that is made by Disney I thought there may have been a bit more a happy twist placed on this film.

It just was not like that. It started with a Mary Poppins like quote read from a narrator with images of clouds in the sky. These clouds circled around towards the ground where we meet P.L.Travers as a child. She is there playing with her father – Travers Robert Goff. They were just about to leave their home in Maryborough, Queensland   – 1905.  We are then taken to London, England 1961 where we meet P.L.Travers as an adult arguing with her agent over visiting Walt Disney.

The film has both her childhood and her time spent in Los Angeles interwoven with each other.  This takes us into her life in a unique way while also allowing us to understand why she does not want to let go of these stories; of her Mary Poppins. They also manage to give us small glimpses of the movie Mary Poppins with music, photos and film. Which is done magnificently and in a variety of ways.

Slowly as the film unfolds we can get a better idea about where Mary Poppins actually came from, why she was created. I do not believe from what I saw it is based on one particular person in her life but aspects of maybe two.

For those of you who have not yet seen the film and plan to I am relucent to say too much. It makes writing this blog post rather difficult or slightly more challenging than usual. But I am still having fun reflecting on a movie that I know I will happily go back and watch again. Of course I will then buy the dvd.

P.L.Travers and certainly Mary Poppins would not approve of such a thing. DVDs! I almost wish for both their sakes that this story had been presented in a more old-fashioned and more appropriate kind of way! But it does not stop me from loving it!

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers were great casting choices. I could not have picked two people better suited for their roles. In the way they look and in how they speak! How they work off each other enables me to see how it might have been at the time. The costumes helped, too!

If you plan on seeing this film, wait until almost the very end. You’ll be in for a nice surprise.

Even if you do not love Mary Poppins as much as I do or any of her fans. This film needs to been seen! 

 

 

 

More about Mary Poppins

I have given myself a project… to find out as much as I can about Mary Poppins and her creator P.L.Travers. There is now a movie coming out called “Saving Mr.Banks” which is about how Walt Disney fought with P.L.Travers over making the books into a film. Mr Disney is played by Tom Hanks and Mrs Travers is played by Emma Thompson. I love Emma Thompson and I believe that she fits the role perfectly!! I am so excited! 

So far from the trailer they have depicted Mrs Travers as though she is very much like Mary Poppins – which a lot of people thought. Mrs Travers is a mystery to most. From what I can see of the trailer this film will demonstrate that. As well how these two people had many conflicts over the making of the film… 

Here is the trailer… 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvKcwNyOnWo 

It looks so bloody brilliant. I must, I must see it!!! 

It has also sparked my interest in reading more of Mrs Travers’ books as well as more about herself. I will of course share what I find out through here… 

I hope you enjoy it. 🙂 

The bizarre world of Mary Poppins… the book! By P.L.Travers

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I love Mary Poppins! I have seen the movie probably a million times and watched the stage show… but never have I ever read the books. Up until now that is! I read the first Mary Poppins book by P. L. Travers just recently. Because lets face it, if I were to be a fan I had to read the books too. But let me tell you… The movie version is almost nothing like the book.

It is written by P. L. Travers who although was born in Australia but considers herself to be British. You can understand the British tone to the story and the fact that a family would live they way they did in this story even though they aren’t terribly well off – a very British tradition. But the world that she writes… is very bizarre, very strange and most definitely influenced by drugs – that’s for sure! It is more like a series of short stories that one story as there isn’t much of a flow or a link between chapters.

It is very enjoyable and I can see why Disney wanted to make a film of it… but I can also see why they chose to tone it down a bit. There are just a bit too many unusual things happening… having said that, it is Disney and they liked presenting a more innocent picture of the world to their young audiences. Which I guess does make sense.

The main changes to the books are the fact that the story isn’t told through song, the Banks family have four children Jane and Micheal who appear in the movie as well as two babies John and Barbara… Mary sleeps with the babies in the book instead of having a room adjacent to the children in their nursery, that there are more household staff in their house and that Mary herself isn’t as likable.

That was probably the crushing part of the book and being a huge fan of Julie Andrews and her version in the movie… that the book version although the children liked and eventually loved her was sometimes quite rude even towards the parents, held a few secrets close to her and could seem a little harsh towards the children. Plus she taught the children ‘lessons’ in odd ways. She is also described as not being that pretty.

But I guess Julie Andrews just couldn’t act in the way the book describes Mary Poppins… it just wouldn’t happen. It’s Julie Andrews after all – plus she is really pretty…

I am curious to read other Mary Poppins books just to see where the story goes and to figure out where other parts of the movie come from as well as the stage show.

If you are like me and wanted to know more about the world of Mary Poppins this is something you should read – it is indeed a great story even if a bit odd.

If however you don’t want the Julie Andrews image of Mary Poppins to be in some way tainted… then I would stay away because it will change!

For anyone else who hasn’t actually seen or read Mary Poppins then well – what are you waiting for??

Signing off… hope everyone is having a good week!