Thursday, 30 January 2014
I'm sure PL Travers is spinning in her grave, having been through the Disney mangle twice over - but I loved Saving Mr Banks and Emma Thompson was snippily brilliant as Mrs Travers. Tom Hanks is just Tom Hanks. I'm sure all sorts of liberties were taken with the story but it was fun hearing the acerbic voice of the real PL Travers at the end ... you wouldn't want to cross her. And even if it isn't entirely true, who could resist the moment when, despite herself, her toes start tapping to Let's Go Fly a Kite?
It's funny and sad and there's a wonderful moment when the 'real' Mary Poppins - PL Travers' great-aunt Ellie - blows in with a carpetbag to sort out her troubled childhood home in Australia.