Tom Hanks Is Walt Disney – ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Trailer15.07.13 # Trailers # No Comment
The wonder of childhood stories is a difficult thing to capture onscreen.
‘Finding Neverland’ worked in unfolding the tale behind J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ primarily because of the relationship between Johnny Deep’s avuncular Barrie and Freddie Highmore’s Peter: without this keystone, however, the whole film could easily have degenerated into a pastiche of the better-known work.
‘Saving Mr. Banks’ seems likely to cover similar ground in exploring the attempts of the effusive Walt Disney, whose affable benevolence seems easily captured by Tom Hanks, to convince the prickly P.L. Travers, played by Emma Thompson, to allow him to adapt her book ‘Mary Poppins’ to the big screen. As in ‘Neverland’, we all know the project will be completed, what matters is the revelation of those who took part in its creation.
The film, directed by ‘The Blind Side”s John Lee Hancock, seems a little predictable in its treatment of the culture clash between the earnest Yank and the fastidious Brit, but, even that is all there is to it, Hanks and Thompson seem enough to redeem the prospect. What’s most intriguing is Travers’ assertion that ‘Mary Poppins’ is not about a nanny who saves a group of children and Disney’s realisation of the importance of the father to the story.
If we read Disney himself as Mr. Banks, the father, in this case – it is, after all, a promise to his children that sets the project in motion – and Travers as her eponymous heroine, then maybe ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ could have more up it’s sleeve than a talking umbrella: maybe, just maybe, it might have something to say.
Decidedly feel-good and, indeed apparently a bit of a whitewash, ‘Saving Mr. Bank’s nevertheless has Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious factor behind it and is due out in the US on December 13th and the UK on January 17th.