Saving Mr. Banks Review - Alternative Magazine Online

Towards the end of the film, Mr Disney puts forward the argument to Travers that sometimes it’s best remembering the past how you want to remember it. The character of Mary Poppins is softened and diluted – ‘Disneyfied’ – to bring joy to millions of children. In much the same way, Saving Mr. Banks waters down the truth (and no doubt often outright lies) to deliver a crowd-pleaser that ends on a happy note rather than a sad one. Travers would probably hate this film (and Disney himself would probably love it) but, fact or fiction, it’s extremely entertaining and hits some wonderful high notes, often up to the highest height. Disney was right about one thing at least – sometimes, a spoonful of sugar really does do just the trick.

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