Monday, January 27, 2014

Saving Mr. Banks (with spoilers!)

*Psst... Have you taken my survey yet?

Bryan and I love the movies. I love the acting, the sets, the production, even the music. I appreciate it all. We try to see a matinee every Sunday as a way to date each other.

Last Sunday we saw Saving Mr. Banks. I knew nothing about this movie other than it was about the making of Mary Poppins. I'm sure that is exactly how they wanted to market it.

It was fantastic. I loved it. And it hurt. A lot.

The story is about Mary Poppins, sure. It is also about the authors relationship with her father and how his alcoholism affects her life. Obviously, there were scenes in this movie that really hit home. I identified with the young girl and it was a heart wrenching movie. At times I would just flash back to my own experiences, even though hers were much different from my own, there are always similarities when it comes to families with an alcoholic parent.

While I do wish I had known that the father, Travers Goff (played by Collin Farrell) was an alcoholic so that I could have prepared myself for the feelings it would stir up, it was actually quite nice to be taken off guard by a movie. To feel it hit you like a truck and wash over you.

It's rare in these times that a movie actually resonates with you. More often than not it seems like movies are being made to shock you. It's like they ask themselves how far they can go with situations but there isn't much sustenance when it comes to characters.

Saving Mr. Banks has layered characters, funny situations, an amazing, talented cast. If you haven't seen it, do so. You'll enjoy it.


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