Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 125 minutes
Age Appropriate For: 12+. It’s a film about the author of the “Mary Poppins” books, so audiences will have to be aware of that Julie Andrews-starring classic; otherwise, you’ll be lost. The film includes tough emotional content, including an alcoholic father, a parent considering killing herself, some kissing, a corpse, and some mild cursing. It might confuse and bore children younger than teenagers, because the “Mary Poppins”-related content isn’t prevalent at all.
‘Saving Mr. Banks’ wants to be heartwarming, but it’s ultimately self-serving for Disney, a film about the studio’s greatness. As a biography of ‘Mary Poppins’ author P.L. Travers, however, the film is a disservice.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Saving Mr. Banks” is not the movie its commercials and trailers are making it out to be. It is not a lighthearted, giddy look at the creation of Disney classic “Mary Poppins.” It is not a kid-friendly option for the holiday season. It is, rather, largely depressing, extremely willing to paint Walt Disney as an all-knowing problem-solver, and not really accurate to the woman it’s supposed to be truthfully portraying, “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers. It is an extremely confusing film.