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Parent: Movies based on true stories.

  1. #1116882017-08-09 11:44:17 *Kirn said:

    Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

    Alright, so this one isn't new. However, I recently re-watched the old Disney classic Mary Poppins... and I decided to top it by re-watching this one too. This film is based on the story of making the book into the movie, and goddamn, that is one heck of a story.
    So, the author made the book, and they Disney decided to get his hands on it. The guy promised his children, but he never expected that it would take 20 goddamn years to convince the author. Ms. Travers was one tough cookie. And a horrible nitpicker. And you know, watching this... I personally maintain the outlook that movies should try to be more like books... but damn, I felt really sorry for the movie people.
    So alright, let's go to the usual site. And immediately, what I want to point out is 2 not true points of the movie. First of all - the driver, played by Paul Giamatti, who is always an enjoyable actor. He is, at most, a mix of several people driving Ms. Travers, and he is just there to add some humanity to the story, nothing more. Second thing is half-true. It wasn't the 'Let's go Fly a Kite' song that won Travers over, in fact she didn't care for that one mostly, it was the 'Feed the Birds' song, and you can see why - it is much more different in style from the most songs in the movie, and is quite melancholic even.
    The rest? Well, damn, most of it is true. Movie deals with 2 timelines - one being Ms. Travers' childhood, and key points there are correct - tragic family story, attempted suicide, strict nanny, which became inspiration for Mary Poppins in the books. Second timeline is the script approval for the movie itself, and that apparently was as horrible as it is shown, thanks to the involvement of one of the Sherman brothers in the movie (and that guy obviously had a lot of pent-up burns since that time), and the incredible fact that they really DID record all the sessions, and it was EXACTLY as bad, hours of those tapes...
    I would also say, that Disney here is shown much nicer than he really should have been shown, and they omitted the fact that Ms. Travers was fooled on assumption she had editing rights to the movie, which she didn't. But we all know that Disney is secretly devil, so no big new there.
    In the end, if you are a fan of the old Mary Poppins movie - you really should watch this one to see, what kind of a battle it was to get it to screen.