Saving Mr Banks Sunday, 29 March 2020

Saving Mr Banks

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild themes.

  • The pitch:

    A trip down Cherry Tree Lane.

  • Starring:

    Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Ruth Wilson, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, BJ Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Annie Rose Buckley

  • Directed by:

    John Lee Hancock

  • Running time:

    125 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide attempt (intended drowning implied). A man refers to being impoverished, beaten as a child. A woman hopes an aircraft will crash. Objects thrown out windows, a man falls from a platform. Raised voices, yelling. A man says an incident "would've killed" him (figurative). Kamikaze, shooting injury mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Blood on tissues, sheet, mouth, clothing.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    None.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (spirits, wine, champagne, cocktails, hip flask). Alcohol dependency, intoxication. A child is sent to fetch alcohol. Smoking. Vials of prescription pills seen.

  • LANGUAGE:

    Name-calling. Religious references and exclamations; blasphemy mentioned. Cultural, gender, period, author stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Mary Poppins, P L Travers, Walt Disney, film rights, screenwriting, storyboards, rehearsal, editing, approval, psychological triggers, early 20th Century Australia, 1960s Los Angeles, contracts, father-daughter relationships, musicals, film-making, Disneyland, chauffeuring, alcoholism, grief, memories, abandonment, struggle, trust, forgiveness, disapproval, skepticism.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Sick father, deceased father. People are fired. Airport, fairground, theme park settings. Plane, costumed characters, balloons, ivory. Dogs, horses, chickens, flies, bull, kangaroo. Based on a true story. Mid-credits scene.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Rich, old-fashioned, solid, affecting, charming, funny, witty, well-crafted, gentle, stirring, decent, moving, lingering, family friendly. Outstanding performances, a-list cast, impressive costume and production design, ingenious script, rich visuals, doesn't glorify Disney.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Unsurprising, soft, square, sentimental. One or two clumsy missteps, flashbacks become repetitive.

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