Written March 18, 2014
I do not like Walt Disney very much, so I associated with the PL Travers character very much! My daughter wanted to see this and my husband and I did not want to but it was her turn to pick. We both (husband and I) were pleasantly surprised at how good this movie actually was.
I would say if you like action films stay home, it was a bit slow, but as a whole, it was a very good movie.
Written March 02, 2014
Admittedly I was hungry and I didn't fancy any movie theatre food but all the same this movie takes forever and a day to get going, if your looking movie that is easy to watch then this is not the movie for you. I wouldn't recommend you going to see this movie late at night either.
Written March 09, 2014
This thoroughly enjoyable movie struck a very strong chord with me, having grown up in the 60's and seeing "Mary Poppins" as perhaps my very first movie theater experience at the tender age of 5. And as a musician I found the musical elements particularly enjoyable. Wonderful acting by a high profile cast, the only slight miss was Hanks due to the impossible task he undertook to embody the iconic Walt Disney. Don't get me wrong, he did a fine job, but that role cast with one of the finest actors out there set him up for more of a challenge than a lesser known actor would have faced since the movie-going masses first have to strip away the Hanks-ness before we can believe in the character of Disney. Emma Thompson did a splendid job as Pamela, er, Mrs. Travers, and Colin Farrell was outstanding as well. An excellent cast, a fascinating story, beautiful editing, heartwarming and heartbreaking, what a great experience it was to view this film.
Written February 22, 2014
Excellent movie. Loved seeing the history of a disney movie being made and the history of the background of a beloved story together in one film. Funny and heart felt. There is heavy alcohol use in parts if you don't want your children seeing that, but a great movie of overcoming difficult childhoods.
Written February 23, 2014
Both of the two main characters are strong-willed individuals. And the fact that they've been discussing doing a film of her books for over 20 years tells you how determined each is to have their own way.
The author's childhood memories are well portrayed in the film; Australia was certainly a great juxtaposition between the past and LA of the 60's. The early 60's were also well portrayed. And as expected, Emma Thompson & Tom Hanks were excellent in their roles.
No one character is portrayed 'flat' ~ each is given the chance to observe and explain their life story in poignant ways that helps the observer understand their motivations and quirks. If you're inclined to explore and celebrate the inside story of the human heart's journey, then go see this film.