Last night I was invited to attend a special screening of the new film Saving Mr. Banks on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank, CA and I jumped at the chance to attend. The film opened here in LA last Friday but I wanted to hold off and see the film on the Disney lot because, Hello, how often does one get to see a Disney film that was made on that very same studio lot. I invited my friend Adriana to attend the screening with me and we had the best time. Overall, I really enjoyed Saving Mr. Banks but I have to confess, the story is much darker than I anticipated that it would be.
It’s pretty common knowledge that Walt Disney had a difficult time convincing author P.L. Travers to allow him to adapt her book into one of his films. This movie is a fictionalized version of the way events took place in the creation of the film version of Mary Poppins. I have to be completely honest and say that Mrs. Travers does not come off well in this movie. While I’m sure some poetic license was employed, Travers in the film comes across as a bitter pill of an obstinate and proud woman who, IMHO, exhibited obvious signs of the Electra Complex. Now, I don’t want to say too much since many of you have yet to see the film but it seemed plainly obvious to me that P.L. Travers suffered from what seemed to be an unhealthy love for her flawed father (which explains some of her behavior later in adulthood). Like, stuff gets kinda dark in this movie. And, even thru it all, Travers never comes around and appreciates the work that Disney did for Mary Poppins (she disliked the way the movie turned so much that she never agreed to allow any of her other books to be adapted into films). The story is very compelling and the acting is superb. I’m not the biggest Tom Hanks fan but he’s very good as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks (they even included a scene where Disney is seen smoking a cigarette, a secret that he fiercely protected his whole professional life). I highly recommend this movie but, honestly, it may just make you want to watch Mary Poppins and forget all about how horribly bitter P.L. Travers was.
Our enjoyment of the film was due partly to the fact that we got to see Saving Mr. Banks on the Disney Studios lot:
We were able to see the movie in the place where both Mary Poppins and Saving Mr. Banks were created. My love for living in LA is due to many reasons but being able to experience things like screenings on the Disney lot really remind me why LA is the only place I want to live.
My plans for today are still taking shape. I think I’m meeting up with Eileen for a movie night so that should be fun. I hope YOUR Wednesday is a good one. Happy Humps!