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Emma Thompson is superb as Mary Poppins author Pl Travers as she tries to resist Walt Disney's transformation of her famous creation

Anyone who has seen and loved Mary Poppins as much as I have knows one thing for certain: it's not about the kids. For all its riotous scenes of young Jane and Michael having tea parties on the ceiling and jumping through chalk pavement pictures, it's the uptight Mr Banks who is the real target of Poppins's attentions, as she seeks to break him out of his "bank-shaped cage" and reconnect him with what really matters – his family. No wonder the enduring Disney classic ends with Mr Banks himself leading everyone in a tear-jerking chorus of Let's Go Fly a Kite; after all, it was his story all along.

This is the central thrust of Saving Mr Banks, a lovely, sentimental and quietly insightful account of the making »

- Mark Kermode

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