Saving Mr. Banks Movie Reviews

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks

Release Date: Dec 13, 2013

Genre: Drama

Rating: (PG-13)

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  • 4
    Top-shelf performances again from Hanks and Colin Farrell, as well as the supporting cast. The main character was portrayed as almost unbelievably dry, humorless, unfun, and unsympathetic, but maybe that was so in real life. It was an interesting story that showed a difficult situation that inevitably turned around. You may also enjoy the early 1960s period stylings.
  • 1
    I was terribly disappointed with this movie. I adore Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, but the script ws so bad that even they couldn't save it. I still don't know who Mr. Banks was (other than a character in "Mary Poppins") or why he needed saving or if or who saved him. If you haven't seen "Mary Poppins"
    recently, don't bother seeing this movie. It has been close to 40 years since I've seen it and I didn't understand what was going on here at all. The writers made a lot of assumptions about the viewer's knowledge of "Mary Poppins" that just didn't work for me. .A real shame because the actors were so good.
  • 4
    A chick flick that guys will actually like. My wife was excited to see it. I was not - - not in the least bit I dreaded the previews and hoped that my wife would change her mind. She didn't. I felt like I was walking the plank as we drove to the theater. In short, I took one for the team and decided to see it. I was shocked that it was good, really good. One of the rare movies that put men in a positive light. I am so used to women-dominant movies bashing the crap out of guys to get their point across. Not this movie. A really good movie.
  • 4
    I enjoyed this movie, a great holiday film.
    I was told that Disney slanted the story in their favor. I do not know the facts and they probably did. It is a natural human tendency, Disney is run by humans, and there are reasons why corporations are considered people legally.
    Regardless, it seemed to me that they did present cases for both sides. They definitely didn't skimp building a compelling backstory for her so that her reluctance was understandable.
    In short the acting was wonderful. The story was excellent, though sadder than I expected. (I might have expected it, but it was too long since I saw Mary Poppins and was miss led by the trailer)
    The audience laughed and more than a few, I suspect, cried.
    I agree that this film is worth seeing.
  • 5
    This was definitely one of my favorite movies this year. I was a well told story that clearly defines the main characters' arc/journey. I loved the acting and the way the story was told.
    I have often heard that Americans need to have their stories "spoon fed" to them, that we are incapable of understanding a European film in which we have to determine why a character does what he/she does without the movie explaining it to us. I disagree with that analysis. A film is not a "pick your own adventure" type book. If I'm determining why a character takes an action in a film then I'm not following the story that was intended but instead I'm creating my own work. For me, a film is a story that the screen writer wrote and a director working with actors plays this story out on the screen. There is a clear point-of-view and journey to be followed.
    That being said "Saving Mr. Banks" does an excellent job of picking up on the details that move the story forward. I understood why the Emma Thompson character was resistant to letting her characters go and at the same time, I was able to follow why Tom Hanks' character was working so hard to get her book onto the screen.
    Overall, there were plenty of laughs and a tear or two as well. I remembered so well why I cried during "Let's Go Fly a Kite" in the original Mary Poppins. This film was understood by the director and lovingly handled by cast and crew. YEAH!
  • 5
    Loved this movie! Excellent acting. Great story. I hope Emma Thompson is nomintated for an Oscar. She was very convincing as the snobbish troubled author.
  • 4
    Marry Poppins was one of my favorite books when I was growing up and I knew that I just have to see this film no matter what. I was a bit afraid to see it because my expectations were pretty high and I did not want to be disappointed. I am glad to say that I wasn’t, the film was great and I think it is worth seeing on the big screen. The film was very charming and it had great performances by Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and surprisingly Colin Farrel. I usually don’t like films that play with audience’s emotions, but this movie was made in such a way that it did not bother me and that just shows how masterfully made the film is. The film was very sweet and I think that it will be nominated for an Oscar this year. Overall, this movie will inspire you and I highly recommend seeing it in the theaters.
  • 3
    My friend really wanted to see this film and she dragged me with her. I am not a fan of Disney, I think it is an evil corporation and in my opinion this film was a blatant pro-Disney corporate propaganda. Well, I was not wrong in that aspect, but I have to say that I still liked the film, I just couldn’t help it, it was too charming to resist. Tom Hanks is wonderful as usual and definitely makes this film more likable and Emma Thompson also delivers a great performance. I did feel that the film was too long and too stretched out, there were also a lot of cliches in the film, however the good outweighed the bad and I left the theater pretty satisfied. Overall, I think this film is worth seeing in the theaters, it is worth your time and money.

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