'Saving Mr. Banks' gives us a glimpse at the woman behind 'Mary Poppins'.
The marvelous Emma Thompson stars as P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins, in Saving Mr. Banks. Add in one Mr. Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and you've got one of the best movies of the year.
While it's an uplifting flick, the movie hasn't been immune to controversy. Some say that Disney comes off as a little too Mr. Nice Guy, while others complained much of Mrs. Travers' real life was left uncovered. The movie made her seem a little guarded and against being a parent, whereas IRL she adopted a child.
That said, this is still a wonderful picture and the acting is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Let's take a look at the love lessons Disney, Travers, and Poppins taught us:
1. Fathers are our first loves.
Told in flashbacks, we get glimpses of P.L. Travers' (real name: Helen Lyndon Goff) childhood in Australia. She was extremely close to her father, and he just adored her. However, he had demons of his own that he just couldn't conquer. As his health deteriorated, P.L. saw the dark sides of life. She was heartbroken when her father died, and it was a tragedy that stayed with her throughout much of her life. It is from here that she found inspiration for Mary Poppins. Sometimes your brightest successes come from your darkest days.
It took decades for Walt Disney to convince Mrs. Travers to bring Mary Poppins to life on the big screen. Eventually, she went for it — with two rules: No music and no animation. Well, we all know the movie has the best music and adorable animated penguins, so Mrs. Travers didn't exactly get her way. Nor did she envision Dick Van Dyke as Bert, but that happened as well. However, the film wouldn't be the classic it is today without Disney and Travers working together. Sometimes you have to step back from your personal wants and look at the bigger picture.
3. Heartbreak makes you stronger.
In the film, Travers says, "Disappointments are to the soul what the thunderstorm is to the air." Heartbreakingly beautiful, right? When we're grieving, it's hard to picture a time when we won't feel this utter pain and anguish. But as the only constant in the world, a new day will come, making the weight of the pain just a little bit lighter.
4. Your past is your baggage.
And it's heavy. So how long do you want to carry it? For P.L. Travers, she created Mary Poppins in order to save the children's father, Mr. Banks. In real life, all Travers wanted to do was save her own father. Since she was so young when he died, she didn't know that it wasn't her responsibility to save him. He had to save himself. Over time, she realized this and let go. KEEP READING!
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