I’ve decided to shake it up just a little bit, mainly because movies and books are such a HUGE form of entertainment in my own life, and I know my readers probably love them too. So, every Saturday (or most Saturdays), I’ll share either a first look at a movie, a movie review, my take on a book, or who knows…. maybe even a musical album that I love. These might sometimes be sponsored, but I will guarantee that it will always be something I’m truly excited about. With that, we begin with Saving Mr. Banks, which opened up in theaters everywhere yesterday, 12/20; this is one movie I can’t wait to see. For one thing, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the first feature-length, theatrical drama to depict the iconic entrepreneur Walt Disney. Secondly, Mary Poppins is one of my favorites. After seeing it on Broadway and watching the movie through the years, it’s become a story that’s near and dear to my heart.
What really put this movie on my radar was a CBS Sunday Morning interview about the Sherman brothers, the songwriting duo who wrote the music for Mary Poppins. Saving Mr. Banks is the story of how Walt Disney obtained the rights to create one of the most magical movies, Mary Poppins. His daughters’ wish was for him to create a movie out of their favorite book, so Walt promised them he would; but first he must convince the author, P.L. Travers, to give him the rights. Of course, it was not an easy thing to do. The movie really digs deeper into the story of how the magic of Mary Poppins came to life. For instance, did you know that P.L. Travers’ own father was the basis for the character of Mr. Banks? Saving Mr. Banks stars two of my favorite people…. Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers.
I’m also excited to let you know that there’s a free book available that gives you even more of a behind the scenes look at the movie. You can find the Saving Mr. Banks book FREE, exclusively on iBooks, at iTunes. This book even includes never-before-seen correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers.