I saw Saving Mr. Banks Christmas night, and I’ll admit I was really pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. To be frank, I thought it would be corny, Christmas fluff, but I was impressed with the depth and it got me intrigued with learning more about P.L. Travers, the author of the original Mary Poppins books. I remember watching the Disney movie as a kid and just being entranced with Julie Andrews. I thought she was so beautiful and simply the epitome of class and sophistication.
So it was interesting to learn that she was based on a real person, Travers’ aunt, who came in to help out her family during a particularly dark time in their lives. As soon as we got out of the movie, I started looking up information on Travers to see how accurate the movie was. And besides leaving out anything alluding to her dating women, ahem, the movie really did a good job covering her childhood and adult life and interaction with Walt Disney.
Give the movie a shot- I think you’ll be just as pleased with it as I was.