Here is my review of Saving Mr. Banks.
Best Parts of the Movie
The details in this movie are fantastic, from the very UK way that Thompson sits with a blanket in her lap to Walt Disney being a chain smoker who doesn't want to be seen smoking. The decoration in the scene where Travers enters her Disney themed hotel room is an excellent satirical take on the excess that is Disney. The best chemistry in the movie is between Paul Giamatti and Emma Thompson.
Worst Parts of the Movie
About half an hour into the movie Chris turned to me and said, "We get it, she's a B...now get on with the story." which pretty much summarizes my thoughts on the movie. They could have cut down the length significantly to make it a tighter script and cut some of the syrupy sweet sentiment to make things feel more genuine. The movie was a little transparently Disney PR, but they didn't advertise it any differently so I didn't exactly feel swindled.
When would I Let Molly and Jack watch this movie?
This is not a kids movie. I may let them watch this should they ever become big fans of Mary Poppins, when they're a little older - over 10.
I would rate this movie 3/5. This movie did for me what I'm sure it's aim was: it reminded me about Mary Poppins and now I really want to watch Mary Poppins with Molly and Jack. I'll possibly grab a copy of the book myself and read it to them both at bed time in a few years. Darn you Walt, why'd you have to be so charming!
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