Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One Minute Movie Review: Saving Mr. Banks

They call them Moving Picture, but how few of them really are?   It is a rare thing that a film actually moves people and it is a pure joy when one is discovered.  It is an elusive gem that reminds the audience of the inspired storytelling and elegant art form that the cinema once was.   Director, John Lee Hancock, The Blind Side, does just that, masterfully crafting a film that is a beautifully told and deeply emotional tale regarding the true back story of the jewel in the crown of Walt Disney's near legendary live action achievement.   I am not a fan of Hank's politics, but there is no disputing that he is one of the finest actors of the modern era.  His portrayal of the genius and humanity that Disney possessed is simply breathtaking blurring the lines between reality and reenactment.  Thompson is exquisite as author P.L Travers, whose resistance to Walt's twenty year obsession to put her famed literary heroine onto the silver screen for all to enjoy exposes her painful past and burdensome adoration for her emotionally and physically unstable father.   And, in the end, reveals glimpses into Disney’s own damaged family history and drive to bring happiness to his own offspring and children around the world because of it.   The remaining cast is magnificent, their performances are so authentic you forget you are watching a movie and instead, share a moment in history that we all would have been poorer for had the man with a mouse and dream not been so annoyingly persistent.    Disney tried to be the father he wished he had, and because of it, he brought pure joy and wonder to his generation, the next, and all to come.  The cinematography, setting, and costuming is absolutely genuine, enhancing a well balanced plot that is so intensely dramatic in scenes that it is nearly impossible to view without eyes haunted by tears.  You will never watch Mary Poppins again and, thankfully, will be richer for it.  5 out of 5 Kernels; thank you Walt, for keeping a twenty year promise and for truly saving Mr. Banks.  

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