The Family Reviews Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr. Banks


Describe it in 25 words or less.

Pete: The true story of Helen Goff (AKA P.L. Travers) and her dealings with Walt Disney in adapting Mary Poppins from book to film.

Brigette: A dramatization of the making of the Disney film Mary Poppins.

Morgan: The story behind the Disney film adaptation of “Mary Poppins”.

Gable: The history of Mary Poppins, the author’s refusal and all the trouble Walt Disney went through to make it work.


Pete: Biography

Brigette: Drama/Biopic

Morgan: Drama/Family/Comedy

What did you think of the poster and/or credit art?

Pete: I love the poster with the morphed shadows.

Brigette: The end credits were very well done.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Pete: Ralph because of his charm.

Brigette: Aunt Ellie because she always knew what to do.

Morgan: Walt Disney because he always looked on the bright side and was simply awesome.

Gable: Walt Disney because he was positive, witty, and wise. Who doesn’t love Walt Disney?

Who was your least favorite character and why?

Pete: In the end I failed to find one.

Brigette: P.L. Travers because she allowed her past to turn her into a person so unhappy that she made everyone around her unhappy as well.

Morgan: Mrs. Travers because she was so disagreeable and stubborn.

Gable: P. L. Travers because, even though she had good sides, she was a bit too stubborn for my liking.

How was the casting?

Pete: Brilliant, I especially loved Paul Giamatti’s role.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?

Pete: It did grab me immediately and the cinematography and storyline sequencing kept it very interesting throughout.

Brigette: I was intrigued even before seeing it and it did not disappoint.

Morgan: The fact that it said “Australia” on the opening scene caught my attention right away!

Gable: It was somewhat interesting at the beginning but it turned out to have so much more feeling and humor than I expected it to have.

Favorite quote:

Pete: “You can stay there until you learn the art of subtly.” – Pamela Travers

Brigette: “Young man, if it is your ambition to handle ladies garments, may I suggest you take employment at a launderette?” – Mrs. P.L. Travers

Morgan: “Stop saying money! It’s a filthy, disgusting word.” – Mrs. Travers

Gable: “You think the female of the species has some sort of psychic insight when it comes to others of her kind? We don’t.” – Tommie

How was the soundtrack?

Pete: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Brigette: Thomas Newman does an excellent job and delivers all of the Mary Poppins favorites. Listen to it on YouTube here.

How was the ending?

Pete: Cathartic and I’ll admit that I cried.

Brigette: Incredibly sad.

Morgan: It got me a bit choked up.

Gable: It was a sweet and touching ending and it took all my might not to cry.

What was the moral of the story?

Pete: Tell your story and let it go.

Brigette: If you can’t heal the past, you need to re-imagine it in order to move on.

Morgan: Get over the problems in your past to enjoy the present.

Gable: Just doing one thing and getting it over and done with is sometimes not enough to get it all out. Sometimes you need to make a big deal out of it and then let it go.

Did you learn anything?

Pete: A lot about P.L. Travers and a little about Walt Disney.

Gable: A few tidbits about Walt Disney, P.L. Travers, and the making of Mary Poppins and what it all really meant to the author.

Who would you recommend it to?

Pete: Anyone who has ever seen Mary Poppins or read any of P.L. Travers’ books.

Brigette: People who think their past traumas don’t affect them.

Morgan: Those who need a good cry, those interested in the making of “Mary Poppins” or those who have problems from their childhood that are yet to be overcome.

Gable: People who love Mary Poppins and Disneyland.

Won’t Eat Their Cereal Opportunity: Emma Thompson Won’t Eat Her Cereal

Recipe: Learn how to make the perfect cup of tea.

Beer pairing: (Pete’s specialty) Any of the beers from Banks’s Brewing.


Saving Mr Banks Artwork

Color Palette: (Morgan’s specialty)

saving mr banks cp

Favorite Architectural Detail: (Pete’s other specialty)
The first Goff family home in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia

Saving Mr Banks archi detail

How much do you want to know about the personal life of your favorite author?

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One thought on “The Family Reviews Saving Mr. Banks

  1. Linda Tivendale says:

    Bronwyn and I loved this movie. I had read Mary Poppins and Mary Poppins comes back to them when they were little. I think I read them the book before we saw the movie but maybe not …

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