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Saving Mr. Banks Rating: 3.5/5

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand’s Verdict (CNN IBN)

Like all Disney films, this one too is doused in a vat of good-natured sweetness and sprinkled with a helping of schmaltz. Yet the film is eminently watchable whenever Thompson is on screen. As the forever snapping Mrs Travers – she refuses to be addressed with even the slightest hint of familiarity, no Pam or Pamela will do, thank you very much – she nevertheless brings wit and charm to a film that could’ve done with a little less sugar to make the medicine go down. I’m going with three out of five for ‘Saving Mr Banks’. It’s not one for the ages, but you’ll come out feeling all warm and fuzzy.

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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Gavin Rasquinha Site:Times of India (TOI)

Inspired by true events, the film is a behind-the-scenes backstory about how Walt Disney (Hanks) had author P.L. Travers’ book, Mary Poppins, made into a successful feature film. When Disney’s charm doesn’t work on her, he realizes that he can only understand and deconstruct Travers’ difficult ways by tapping into his own childhood. In doing so, he uses empathy and not anger to try and melt Travers’ frosty ways and to look at the movie as a kind of catharsis. Heartwarming without being soppy, this film makes for a thoroughly enjoyable watch.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site: Rediff

If Disney’s ways did lead to a film that generations upon generations of children remain besotted by, then he may well have been in the right. This film, by admiring that instead of questioning it, loses its sharpness: but candyfloss could do without an edge. Saving Mr Banks is too long, too sentimental, too hacky in bits, but, ultimately, it’s truly chipper in a way most films have forgotten how to be. It might not be supercalafragilisticexpialidocious, sure, but at least it points us in that direction.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Tushar Joshi Site: DNA

The clash of cultures and ideologies between the two countries divided by the Pacific is brilliantly showcased in the film. Emma Thompson gives a performance that has been unfortunately ignored by the awards community. Her portryal of Travers makes the film soar! For fans of Mary Poppins or Disney, Saving Mr Banks offers a wonderful insight into the drama that ensued behind the scenes in making one of the best loved child classics of all time.

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  1. SAVING MR. BANKS: A fairly good film about a good fairytale on screen! [3.5/5]

    Disney is celebrating its glorious 90 years in the magical world of entertainment. And to make this celebration even more endearing and rewarding, there could never be a better legend than the almost impossible unification of Walt Disney- the man himself & the old grumpy complaining writer of the famous ‘Mary Poppins’ stories Mrs. Travers; in order to bring the character alive on screen. John Lee Hancock’s SAVING MR. BANKS revisits the trying times in the acquaintance between the both. It is historical, humane, emotional, inspirational & much more to cinema-lovers than being just an enjoyable ride.

    Mr. Walt Disney [deliciously played by Tom Hanks] has been trying to attain

    Mrs. Travers’ [marvelous Emma Thompson with a showsteeler performance] approval on the screen-rights to convert her most-loved novel in a live-animation motion picture from last 20 years. This year, Mrs. Travers has decided to reconsider her snubbing behavior and confirms to meet the team working on it but not without her never-ending list of objections in apprehension. Film narrates the plot in two parallel storylines, one being the present with Mrs. Travers’ annoying inhibitions in each & every developments in every aspect of film-making techniques and the other being the childhood memories of her relationship with her extremely caring but alcoholic father.

    The more you spend time in the film you get to know the reasons why Mrs. Travers has been so anxious about little things mentioned and need to be altered in the writing for screen. We also identify the unsaid links between the essentials in Mary Poppins story and its bricks in the foundation from her emotionally shaken past. Though you always have it in the back of your mind that this association is going to happen at the end, the strongly unpredictable nature of proceedings makes you keep speculating how this would get materialized.

    In the starcast, Colin Ferrell as Mrs. Travers’ alcoholic father who sure knows how to pamper his young daughters but not the money-driven world gives a moving performance. Paul Giamatti plays a good-humored chauffeur to Mrs. Travers and keeps the expectations fulfilled. Watch him where he explains why he is always excited with sudden change in weather. Tom Hanks as Walt Disney brings sheer energy in the air. It is a delightful portrayal of a nervous filmmaker who despite being a powerful name in the business, is forced to do compromises. But the film belongs solely to Emma Thompson. As an uncompromising stubborn old lady, she delivers an all praiseworthy performance. She makes an impression that could irritate you, make you laugh at her strange behavior but also stays with you long after leaving the theater.

    Overall, John Lee Hancock’s SAVING MR. BANKS is a film for people who don’t restrict themselves from what only appears on big screen but also carry zeal & enthusiasm to know more about cinema and stories connected to each of them. Watch it to cherish the rock solid efforts behind the making of 1964’s classic fairytale MARY POPPINS! [3.5/5]

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