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5 Reasons We Love "Saving Mr. Banks"

There are many reasons to love the John Lee Hancock-directed film about the making of "Mary Poppins." Here are five of them.

Dec 20, 2013 | 05:41 PM

1. Tom Hanks: For his moving performance as Walt Disney, the filmmaker and producer of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios classic "Mary Poppins." Disney persuaded a skeptical author, P. L. Travers (played by Emma Thompson), to sell the screen rights to her novels.

2. Emma Thompson: For her equally amazing portrayal of "Mary Poppins" author P. L. Travers, who is forced to think back to her difficult childhood in Queensland, Australia as a result of the unfolding project.

3. John Lee Hancock: The writer of "Snow White and the Huntsman" directs the movie from a screenplay by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. "The script was completely developed outside of Disney...and I don’t think it could have been developed inside the walls of Disney. I think they might have chipped away at Walt’s character," he told Variety. 

4. Victoria Summer: For her spot-on portrayal of Julie Andrews, who won the 1965 Academy Award for Best Actress. In an interview with Huffington Post, Summer said, "[Getting the part was] one of those classic Hollywood stories, really...I got a phone call from casting and they said that my picture had been chosen out of thousands and I was first choice to play Julie Andrews in the new Tom Hanks/Emma Thompson movie Saving Mr. Banks."

5. Colin Farrell: For playing Travers Robert Goff, P. L. Travers' alcoholic father. "It has so much heart," Farrell said of his latest project in an interview with Access Hollywood.

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