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Saving Mr. Banks made me cry.

Could be that I was in a hyper-emotional state from a long-run and not a long nap or from my friend Sebastian's good friend David dying of pneumonia, basically as a result of waiting too long to go to the doctor, or it could be....




DADDY ISSUES! Big honking DADDY ISSUES of the kind that hit very close to home. Otherwise, I think I might have been able to resist something so very manipulative, but admittedly well-done.

It's pretty impressive that they managed to create suspense where there is NO SUSPENSE. As with "Hitchcock," we know the movie got made. We know that Dick Van Dyke got the part and the penguins were animated and it made a shit-load of money for Disney and will now make more. AND YET...somehow whether or not she will sign did actually become an issue.

Really good acting all around, expectedly in some quarters, because we KNOW Emma Thompson will be brilliant and Paul Giamatti will be endearing, but quite surprising in others. This may be the first movie where I didn't actively loathe Jason Schwartzman and I've been kind of over Tom Hanks public persona for so long that is was nice to be reminded that he can act and actually gave some nuance to Walt Disney as both a bully and a charmer and even a seductive figure. (Never mind the union-busting, right-winger that I also know him to have been.) Although I hated myself for crying during his Daddy Issue monologue, it was beautifully done. Considering how blatantly Oscar-baity the whole thing was, I'm really surprised that it got almost no nominations.

Colin Farrell was awesome. Again, it's nice to remember that before he became a self-absorbed punchline he was a promising young actor.

And hey, Bradley Whitford! Thankless part, but nice to see you in a big-budget production.

But yeah, nothing hits me in the ID like a creative soul father figure being trapped by the evils of financial necessity. Not a drinker at the K-gal homestead, but still issues with addiction.

So yeah, I wept in the darkness, and it felt good. I've spent a long time refusing to cry at movies like this, sort of in the name of my bitchy, fannish persona, so it did feel good to put that part aside and just let it go and enjoy the music and give a damn about whether a movie got made that I know damn well got made.

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chocolate_frapp
Jan. 21st, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
I couldn't bring myself to go. i read the Mary Poppins books as a kid and loved them and they are not the diabetes-fest Disney turned them into the way they screwed up and dumbed down every other book they made a movie out of.
karaokegal
Jan. 21st, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Very much an issue that is addressed in the film as well. PL Travers would totally agree with you.
srsly_yes
Jan. 21st, 2014 08:45 pm (UTC)
Well said. I'm right with you, although I would have understood if you trashed it.

I'm not a weeper, but the movie got to me. I knew I was being manipulated, and yet, for Disney, it was well done. When it was over and I had mopped up my tears, I had to laugh--it's still a page right out of Bambi.

Don't forget Disney was a cheap bastard and anti-semitic too. Hanks did an excellent job infusing him with a fatherly persona that made him very palatable.

Edited at 2014-01-21 08:45 pm (UTC)
karaokegal
Jan. 22nd, 2014 12:27 am (UTC)
Obviously it was a white-wash, but Hubby is a little older than I am and he literally grew up with "Uncle Walt," so I think to some extent they needed to honor that generation and not necessarily tarnish their childhoods. I'd forgotten about the anti-semitism. I WAS going to call him a fascist, but that's not quite accurate.

I'll give Hanks all the props for the performance though.
daasgrrl
Jan. 21st, 2014 09:47 pm (UTC)
I was dragged along to see this (I wasn't particularly unwilling, but I wouldn't have gone) and I loved it. As a movie - I don't know anything about Disney or Travers and I've never read the book or seen the movie, although I know all the damn songs (seen the stage musical too). THAT's the way to tell a 'bio-pic' which I know isn't really a bio-pic, but still. Get all your themes in a row and tell a goddamn story (I'm still bitter over The Fifth Estate). ET was excellent, and TH always makes me feel slightly nauseated but it worked for the part. I wasn't actually that keen on CF though, I don't know why.
karaokegal
Jan. 22nd, 2014 12:30 am (UTC)
Fifth Estate was much more my usually kind of extremely cynical movie with a smattering of political idealism, but a sort of rotten core. This just caught me in the right mood, I think. It's nice seeing Emma get to work her chops again, rather than some swill like Nanny McPhee, although I assume that's an actresses version of "for the money, dear boy."
msp_hacker
Jan. 21st, 2014 09:52 pm (UTC)
"Saving Mr. Banks" was crazy emotionally manipulative. And I still bought it even when Disney was spinning the bullshit about Missouri winters.
karaokegal
Jan. 22nd, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
There's an odd relief in allowing oneself to be manipulated instead of having to keep the barriers of cynicism up because I'm so invested in being that much of bitch. (I'm notorious for NOT crying when ET "died.")
vanillafluffy
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:28 am (UTC)
I loved it, but I freely admit I'm a total sucker for schmaltz.

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