I watched Saving Mr. Banks not really expecting too much and it turned out to be a wonderful, engaging film. Emma Thompson was perfect for the role of P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney was incredible, and I have to say one of the best performances by Colin Farrell playing Travers' troubled father. Loved the cast and the music, Mary Poppins reminds me of my childhood. I can see why some viewers were a bit disappointed with the story, because it does go back and forth from a quirky sweet comedy to a sad serious drama throughout the whole film and the flashbacks that explain Travers' childhood in Australia may be scary and/or upsetting to some, however I think it was completely necessary because it makes you understand Travers' as a person and her extremely close bond with her father. The language is very mild with [email protected]
used twice and hell twice. Violence includes an alcoholic father who drinks to the point of death, we see him chug alcohol in a couple scenes, some arguments, a drunk man falls off a stage on his back and starts laughing, a man coughs up blood frequently and is bedridden, a mans dead body is seen in flashbacks, a woman attempts suicide by drowning herself but is saved. Sexual content just has a married couple kissing in one scene. We learn that Walt is a smoker though he never smokes on-screen, alcohol is consumed with an intoxicated character throughout, a quick bar scene with drinkers/smokers, Walt has a drink of whisky. Is it OK for kids? To be honest, I don't think kids aged 11 and under would be interested as it touches on quite a few strong themes and may also be boring for kids. I do think it's appropriate for 12 and up who are interested!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking