(PCM) There are times when words fail. When an experience is so engrossing and captivating that you can’t quite find the way to put what happened to you into nouns verbs adjectives sentences and paragraphs. Such is my dilemma here as I write about seeing Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr. Banks is the story of Walt Disney securing the writes to PL Travers Mary Poppins books in order to make the movie that most of us know and love. It is also the story of a woman that suffered a great loss and is terrified of suffering another one.
Emma Thompson gives an Academy Award Nomination performance as Pamela Travers, a woman in her fifties or early sixties persnickety, willful and determined to get her way. Tom Hanks portrays Walt Disney a man I grew up watching on TV. Hank’s portrays him as the idea man that he was. Also willful and stubborn and determined, but he also cares about his people and his characters. He is a man that has opened himself up to dreams, while she is a woman who has closed herself off.
I do not want to give too much away about the film. No one should miss this experience or have me ruin it by supplying spoilers. After all we all know how the film ends. But the ending is not what the film is ultimately about. It is about hurt and healing. It is about one person seeing the pain of another and reaching into themselves to help. Ultimately it is about love. But not romantic love. There is no love affair in this film. There is no sex, no violence and no super hero. There is that love that comes only when someone is in need and someone else reaches out and meets that need by giving of themselves. This is love in its purest form and it is the love portrayed here.
It is well known that many great story tellers had pretty rough lives. Charles Dickens was haunted by his childhood which is why many of his youngest characters leap off the pages and live in your heart. Charles Schulz suffered from depression and because of this made his Peanuts strip something that almost everyone can relate too. Disney himself was brought up under hard circumstances and Mrs. Travers? Well you have to see the film for that story. At one point in the story Mr. Disney Tells Mrs. Travers that “good story telling brings hope.” Saving Mr. Banks is good story telling at it’s best.
Saving Mr. Banks is funny, is heart wrenching and a lesson to all of us. Run to see this film. Don’t miss it. It will change you. It will help you to love others well. It will remind you that in giving we receive.
Saving Mr. Banks, Might Just Save Us All also appeard on PCM Reviews.