It’s that time of the year when Hollywood’s big players begin to release their Oscar contenders and one of the big hitters being a Disney, Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks collaboration.
Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney who has spent twenty years trying to fulfil a promise to his daughters to make a film version of their favourite book, Mary Poppins. In his quest to obtain the rights to the book, Disney come up against the unbending and absolutely resolute author, P.L. Travers.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a happy sing-a-long film just because it’s Disney and “Mary Poppins” ; it’s a human drama at its heart – a story of healing the child within and fulfilling promises. Tom Hanks is top rate, as we’ve come to expect from him but it’s Emma Thompson’s performance that stands out. Her clipped English tones, prim tweed skirt suits and tightly permed hair are spot on and a delight to watch as she softens under the influence of Disney and his associates. There’s a particularly touching relationship explored between Travers and her chauffer as they drive around Los Angeles. The supporting cast deserve a nod too as they hold their own against the two star names.