Monday, February 3, 2014

Saving Mr. Banks review

Saving Mr. Banks is a surprisingly emotional story, (which is probably a pile of historical hooey) with standout performances from the all-star cast, but particularly Colin Farrell who invests his wastrel father part with a personal warmth that really moved me. There's a fantastic thematic and story payoff to the title, which is actually a mini-scriptwriting lesson in itself. The real Disney's ruthless business practices don't exist in the world of the movie, which makes Walt come off as the genial and wise uncle you wish you had in the film business. Emma Thompson makes the prickly character plausible to almost likeable, climaxing with her virtually silent and shattering performance during the scene of the Mary Poppins premiere. A textbook lesson in film acting.

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