Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to Mary Poppins. The author, P.L. Travers, proves to be an uncompromising curmudgeon who has no intention of letting her beloved characters become mangled in the Hollywood machine. However, when the books stop selling and she finds herself in need of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to consider Disney's proposition. - Google
Based on a true story, this film is about Walt Disney's mission to gain the rights to make the film Mary Poppins. However, P. L. Travers, the author of the beloved book, is hesitant to hand over her precious characters. To her, Mary Poppins is family, literally. Her book was based on her childhood with an alcoholic father and a seemingly magical aunt who could fix almost anything. Being in talks with the creatives of the film brought Mrs. Travers several flashbacks to her difficult past. There is nothing I dislike about this movie. The conflicts were not simply a matter of Mrs. Travers being stubborn. There were real struggles lying beneath her hesitation. I think that the flashback scenes made the movie feel less shallow and less like a documentary. However, there were still lots of interesting facts to learn from the movie.
I loved the sets of this film! The lighting, the costumes, and the scenery made me feel like I was in the 1960s. It was beautiful. I also loved seeing Disneyland! It made me want to go there all over again. ☺ My favorite visual moments were when Mrs. Travers and Ralph were driving to the studios. The California landscape was breathtaking!
The music in this film is from Mary Poppins. It's all performed by the Sherman brothers as they introduce song ideas to Mrs. Travers. They sing "Chim Chim Cher- ee", "A Spoonful of Sugar", "Fidelity Fiduciary Bank", "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious", "Feed the Birds," and "Let's Go Fly a Kite." The lyrics to "Chim Chim Cher-ee" are also spoken as a voice-over at the beginning and end of the film.
The acting was magnificent. Emma Thomson did an amazing job playing the character of P. L. Travers. She really outdid herself with this role. It should have won her an Oscar! Tom Hanks was also very good at portraying Walt Disney. I wasn't sure what I felt about his acting from the trailers, but I think he did very well. I understand he did a lot of research for this role. My favorite characters were Ralph (played by Paul Giamatti) and Dolly (played by Melanie Paxson).
This was a truly excellent film. It was definitely one of the best live action films Disney has ever done. I also liked that it was a film based on Disney history. I'm always soaking up new Disney facts and trivia, and this was just the film for me. This film is a must see for Walt Disney and Mary Poppins fans!