Parents' Guide to

Saving Mr. Banks

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweet peek behind Poppins story, with very dark moments.

Movie PG-13 2013 125 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 26 parent reviews

age 15+

The best movie so far

Emma Thompson’s character was brilliant, as always she played her part beautifully. It is Disney at its very best, appealing to the young and young at heart adults. Not sure about it’s accuracy but intrigued me nonetheless. Tom Hanks was fabulous as Walt Disney, no one could have done the role better. In particular it showed up the Americanisms for what they are, crass unnecessary and overrated. Overall it’s one of my favourite American movies, one that I would watch again.
age 12+

Great film. Although some pretty dark moments like suicide and alchaolic

Great film. Although😬. There are some pretty some dark moments. Including Alchaolic and suicide. It does have some good moments in it. A tiny bit uplifting

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (26 ):
Kids say (48 ):

Saving Mr. Banks is lovely in many ways, including its lead actors, Thompson and Hanks, who are irresistibly winning. But it's a tale of two stories, both of which are indulged, making for a tonally uneven film. To start, the movie Mary Poppins is a fairy tale. The story behind the movie resembles a fairy tale of sorts here, too, as the prickly writer is shown gradually lowering her guard and letting the talented studio writers and Disney win her over for a happily ever after. But a happily ever after it apparently wasn't. The real Travers was famously displeased with the movie version of her book, and it appears the fight may have been more contentious than what we see. And the film ends swiftly in a somewhat saccharine moment, diminishing the potency of previous battles shown leading up to the standoff.

More problematic is how the film mixes scenes from Travers' Australian childhood that are melancholy, bordering on despairing, with comedic moments capturing the Travers-Disney tug-of-war. Had the filmmakers committed to one (the negotiations between Travers and Disney) or the other (Travers' hardscrabble past) more fully, it would've coalesced into a greater whole. A spoonful of sugar turned into a cupful here, undoing the good the medicine would have done.

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