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He Said, She Said at the Movies: Saving Mr. Banks Review

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"Saving Mr. Banks" tells the story of how "Mary Poppins" was made, and the 20-year battle between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers, the author of the book that inspired the movie. Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson both give incredible performances, and while I think Tom Hanks has a better shot to receive a nomination for "Captain Phillips," I'd be shocked and somewhat disappointed if Emma Thompson doesn't receive a nomination. Paul Giamatti, who plays P.L. Travers driver and Colin Farrell, who plays her father in flashback sequences, also give stellar supporting performances and I consider them both dark-horse candidates for this year's Oscars.

The movie, directed by John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side") is confident, well-written and perfectly paced. There's a line drawn between reality and Disney fairy tale, but I think the audience can appreciate both elements and they never sacrifice the integrity of P.L. Travers childhood and how much this character meant to her and to Walt Disney. Watching two of the best actors of the 20th and 21st centuries spar back and forth at the top of their game is reason enough to give "Saving Mr. Banks" a try. And sometimes there's nothing wrong with a little spoonful of sugar. Okay, I couldn't resist that pun. I give it my full recommendation.

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