Published: December 11, 2013 at 4:31 AMI saw this at the weekend (its been out in the UK for two weeks) and I thought it was a really wonderful movie. Incredibly well acted.
Published: December 11, 2013 at 9:41 AMI agree that Emma Thompson deserves an Oscar for this film. She is superb.
I like Hanks's Walt too, though. But he's just a supporting role, in my opinion, the true star is Emma Thompson.
Published: December 11, 2013 at 11:42 AMI read articles about PL Travers that said her hostility to Walt Disney on Mary Poppins is her definite viewpoints about her characters and especially that of Mr. Banks, which is a portrayal of her father (perhaps this is why they selected the title of the movie). She is protective of such a personal project. Let's be frank, Disney makes a great movie, but not so faithful adaption.
I saw Frozen recently and Tangled, not so recently. They are both terrific movies. Unfortunately, they don't even resemble their source materials. Not even close.
If "Saving Mr. Banks" is accurate, it will be a rare event.
Published: December 11, 2013 at 12:23 PMEmma Thompson was just nominated for Best Actress by SAG. Hanks received a nomination for Captain Phillips, but not for his portrayal of Disney. The cast was not nominated for Best Ensemble (SAG equivalent of Best Picture).
Published: December 11, 2013 at 12:27 PM@Anon Mouse - Without giving too much away, I can say that you're on the right track. Hanks' Disney actually relates to Travers with a story about how he similarly protected Mickey Mouse when a big producer wanted to buy the character. It's a very short scene in the film, but dealt a powerful message.
Published: December 11, 2013 at 2:50 PMI think this movie sounds interesting...but I don't think I can ever buy Tom Hanks as anyone other than Tom Hanks. To me, he's just Tom Hanks wearing a Walt Disney costume for Halloween. Tom Hanks does not disappear into his roles the way Meryl Streep or Glenn Close or Emma Thompson does. He's a likable person, sure, but I don't think he's very good at portraying famous people. He should stick to fictional roles.
Published: December 11, 2013 at 4:44 PMShe had the right to be weary of giving up her source material. Apparently after she saw the movie, she ran out of the theater, told Walt that she hated it, and didn't talk to him again.