Disney finds keeping a promise is some work

Tom Hanks as Walt Disney
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney

Walt Disney tries to adapt the novel Mary Poppins in Saving Mr Banks, out now at the Showcase in Bargeddie.

When Disney’s (Tom Hanks) daughters begged him to make a movie of their favourite book he made them a promise, one that he didn’t realise would take 20 years to keep.

Disney comes up against curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer P L Travers (Emma Thompson) who has no intention of letting her creation get mauled by the Hollywood machine.

Eventually, short of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation and for two short weeks in 1961 Disney pulls out all the stops.

However, he watches helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and it is only by reaching into his own childhood that Disney discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her.

Saving Mr Banks is rated PG and runs 125 minutes.

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