Saturday, January 4, 2014
I had a chance to slip away and see Saving Mr. Banks today.
The movie (despite having a few "spoiler" comments from friends) was not what I anticipated.
It was even better. The storyline, which shows how Walt Disney worked for more than 20 years to bring Mary Poppins to life, to keep a promise to his daughters.
It also shows how PL Travers strived to honor her father, despite his flaws.
It was powerful. I loved the performances by Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson. Wow. Each embraced their respective character with depth and authenticity.
I also loved how the storyline was filled with messages of hope, perseverance and forgiveness of oneself and others.
The story also found a way to reminds all of us to find laughter and joy in life despite things that happen in the past.
This was definitely a film worth seeing. Here's a tip - STAY thru the credits.
I loved this quote, Disney told Travers at the end of the fillm, as he encouraged her to step out in faith and to trust him with her story.
“That’s what storytellers do. We restore order to imagination. We bring hope.”
On a side note: It's amazing how this story wove into my word for 2014 - Laugh. Travers had to learn how to put aside the past in order to learn how to laugh again.
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