This was another of my favorite films this year. It told an incredibly interesting story, though I haven’t done much research to verify how much of the story that was told is what actually happened. I’ve heard that the movie deviates from the actuality, but I don’t know much about it.
The movie tells the story of P.L. Travers (the woman who wrote Mary Poppins) and her interactions with Disney leading up to the production of the film. The film stars my girl Emma Thompson as Travers and my man Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Also featured is an incredible lineup of supporting actors, including Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, BJ Novak, and Jason Schwartzman.
Going into the film, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It covers a wide range of emotions for a Disney film. It gets very very dark at times, dealing with topics like alcoholism and suicide, but it is also glittered with sparkling Disney moments. Novak and Schwartzman play the Sherman Brothers, who were the musical geniuses behind many of Disney’s early films. There are so many charming scenes that contrast Travers’ uppity, posh British nature with the delightful Disney boys. It’s very much a pro-Disney propaganda film, but if you get past that, the story is actually really great. Also, as a Mary Poppins fan, it’s cool to watch the movie develop from it’s initial stages into the film we all know and love. It’s really sweet. Highly recommend if you’re a Disney or a Mary Poppins fan, but even if you aren’t, I think there’s something for everyone in this movie.
What’d you think?