Saving Mr Banks (2013) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Saving Mr Banks (2013) – A Quick Capsule Review (Revisited)

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
You know what? Sometimes a film comes along with performances so good that it elevates what could otherwise be an over sentimental slog. Saving Mr Banks is just that film. From Thompson (giving the performance of 2013) to Hanks, Farrell to Giamatti everyone is on the top of their game here. And it’s a pleasure to watch.

The story, that of Walt Disney’s attempts to woo Mary Popins writer PL Travers into giving him the rights to her much loved story, is told well enough and the film directed in such as way that the (mostly) true to life tale can take centre stage rather than flashy visuals (American Hustle take note) , but it’s heart and soul comes from what will be a trophy cabinet filling performance from Thompson.  Divine, vine from start to finish, she injects just the right amount of heart to make you fall in love with a woman who, for the most part, is pretty unloveable.

That said, her performance centrally benefits from Hanks as Walt Disney.  Charming, charismatic and dashing (in a very 60’s kinda way), Hanks delivers a Walt Disney minus the rough edges and whilst that may not sit well with purists of the Golden Age, it doesn’t detract from a stirling effort by the former Forrest Gump.  And yes that problem is prevalent elsewhere, in that as often you find with films of this ilk the truth often makes way for narrative construct and the need to protect those that need protecting (Saving mr Banks is produced by Disney) .  So don’t expect the big guy to be lighting up anytime soon.

This are small gripes however in what is a very enjoyable 2 hours.  So come for the performances and stay for the film which is, in truth, a lovely story about simpler times.  And animated penguins.

Best Bit: Emma Thompson

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

 


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Phil’s Top 5… Musicals

Phil’s Top 5… Musicals

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Musicals!

 

Close but no cigar: Mary Poppins, Everyone Says I love You, Grease 2, La La Land, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Oliver! , Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

5 – Little Shop of Horrors
Suddenly Seymour!  The remake of a little seen Roger Corman film, Little Shop of Horrors is full of great songs and even better cameos.  You’ll never go to the dentist again!

 

4 – The Blues Brothers
The Blues Brothers delivers iconic moments in bucket loads – from the cats to the car chases, to the songs to the cameos… it’s one of the best soundtracks ever.  Films damn fine as well.

3 – Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show lives on over 40 years from it’s release and is probably better recognised now thanks to it’s ensuring sing alongs and packed out stage shows. 

 

2 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
The newsiest entry on my list, The Nightmare Before Christmas is charming, heart warming, clever and beautiful.  It’s also a work of art with some of the most stunning stop motion that holds up even today. 

 

1 – Grease
It’s Grease – one of the most successful and singable musicals ever.  It’s launched careers, sold a gazillions of sound tracks and still packs out sing alongs.  

 

 

The BFG – A Quick Capsule Review

The BFG – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
A charming adaptation of a classic kids book, the BFG is brought to life by some stunning visual effects, what should be an award nominated performance by Mark Rylance and some sturdy workman like direction from Spielberg.  However its the script by ET writer Melissa Mathison that expertly adapts the Dahl book, glossing over the darker elements and highlighting the fun, that makes this film sing.  So overall a very good adaptation of classic film.

Best Bit: Rylance as the BFG

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Matilda, Charlie & The Chocolate factory, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Gene Wilder Films

Phil’s Top 5… Gene Wilder Films

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five… this time out: Gene Wilder films (As rated by the IMDB)

Sadly the comic genius that was Gene Wilder passed away this week.  To celebrate his rather specular career, I take a look at his best rated Starring roles as voted on by the IMDB.  Ratings (out of ten) in parenthesis.  My own personal favourite (and one of my top 20 films ) was Willy Wonka – an enduring film with a corking central performance.

 

Close but no cigar: See No Evil Hear No Evil, Stir Crazy, Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex

5 – Silver Streak (6.9)
On a long-distance train trip, a man finds romance but also finds himself in danger of being killed, or at least pushed off the train.

4 – The Producers (7.7)
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

3 – Blazing Saddles (7.8)
To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

2 – Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (7.8)
Charlie receives a golden ticket to a factory, his sweet tooth wants going into the lushing candy, it turns out there’s an adventure in everything.

1 – Young Frankenstein (8)
An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.