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Saving Mr. Banks

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Bj Novak, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti

Running Time: 2 hrs 5 mins

Rating: PG

Release Date: December 13, 2013 (Chicago)

Plot: “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers (Thompson) has some reservations about Walt Disney’s (Hanks) adaptation of her story.

Who’S It For? Fans of Disney, specifically those who are in their secret D23 club.


Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks is engineered to capture the experience of watching a story that is supplanted with the copyrighted “Magic of Disney,” from humanizing a king and showing him as socially accessible in his own castle, to the usage of music (granted, from another musical) as its spiritual force. In this way, Saving Mr. Banks parallels last month’s Disney project Frozen, especially with the immediate similarities of icy women learning to warm up due to accepting the social embracing of others. But, »

- Nick Allen

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