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Saving Mr Banks review

For 20 years Walt Disney attempted to buy the film rights to P.L. Travers’ first Mary Poppins book. It wasn’t until she was offered final script approval that the author finally agreed to consider the idea.

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The movie is split into two timelines, main story takes place during the couple of weeks that P.L. Travers spent working on the script, but every so often the film jumps back in time to explore the tragic childhood that led to the creation of Mary Poppins.

A serious, strong and uncompromising woman, Travers is portrayed brilliantly by Emma Thompson who manages to bring a warmth to the seemingly cold character. While she does open up somewhat over the course of the movie it isn’t forced and her serious nature allows for some great one liners.

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At the beginning of the story, Walt Disney, played by Tom Hanks, is presented as the complete opposite of Travers. He is informal, fun and lighthearted. Though as the film goes on he reveals that the two are more alike than you’d think.

Though the movie may have went light on some of the more negative aspects of Walt Disney, it seems that the story is close enough to the truth to not be disrespectful. Neither party comes across particularly bad in the movie.

The second timeline, shows Travers as a young girl living in Australia with her family. At the beginning she appears to have the ideal childhood, but some the cracks begin to show as her childlike father, who she loves more than anyone, succumbs to his personal demons.

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Colin Farrell plays Travers’ father. This is a role that really gives him the opportunity to show how good an actor he is and he lives up to it. Though it may not be the primary timeline of the story it is definitely the heart and will likely end up being the most fondly remembered part of the film.

It may not be the unflinching truth of what really happened, but it was a great story that has just enough truth to please fans of Travers and Disney.

What do you think? Are you excited to see the story behind Mary Poppins? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Justin Bieber: Never Say Never movie

Whether you like him or not, you’ve probably heard of Justin Bieber and now you have the chance to see the story of his life in eye popping 3D, this could be the scariest movie I’ve ever heard of.

Justin Bieber’s rise to fame has been fast and annoying, but with such a large fan base, that may try kill me if I make too many punches, I’ll keep the blows above the belt.  This means that I’m not going to talk about how somehow he has deified the laws of puberty or the fact that he always sings about love despite not having hit puberty yet.  No really I don’t mind co-inhabiting the same planet as him, I’m just not a fan but he has more than enough blogger fans so it’s not much of a loss for him.

Years ago, if a singer wanted to be in a movie they had to act, then Miley Cyrus released a concert documentary and a new trend was born, a trend that has the power to make or break junior celebrities, as proven by it causing a major blow to the Jonas Brothers’ career when their movie flopped.  Will this movie increase Bieber fever or will a cure finally be found?  Unfortunately, it looks like the movie will be a success.  The editors deserve all the credit as they found a way to make Bieber and his family come out smelling like roses, despite the fact that his mother has openly made anti-Semitic statements against a Jewish talent agent, she ‘prayed’ that her son would not be represented by him due to his religion.  Bieber drew criticism to himself when he said, that he does get attention from girls because he’s famous, but he’d get it anyway because he’s so good looking.

Have you caught Bieber fever?  Will scientists ever find a cure?  Vote and comment below to let me know what you think.


The Fighter

The fighter is a biographical movie based on the career and life of boxer Micky ward.  The film stars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Amy Adams.  Wahlberg has been trying to get this movie made since 2005, partially because he really wants an Oscar.  Better luck next time Wahlberg, as he failed to get nominated for best actor, but the movie may still win best picture and director David O. Russell is also up for an Oscar.

The movie gives a detailed look at Ward’s early career.  It also focuses on his brother, who trained him, getting addicted to cocaine.  Bale’s performance as Ward’s sibling, Dicky Eklund, is rumoured to have stole the show as his character faces the more difficult storylines.  These rumours appear to be true as Bale did get nominated for an Oscar, best supporting actor, also Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, from The Fighter, have both been nominated for best supporting actress, so it’s pretty much just Wahlberg that didn’t get a nomination.  Anyone else starting to feel sorry for Mark Wahlberg?

The movie hits Irish and UK cinemas this Wednesday, the 2nd of February, so be sure to check it out.

Do you think Mark Wahlberg should get a pity Oscar?  Have you seen this film?  If so, did you like it?


Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho

Don’t worry it’s not another remake of Psycho, it’s actually a movie about the making of Psycho.  Antony Hopkins will star as Alfred Hitchcock and Sacha Gervasi is the director.  The movie is based on the book ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’.  The book contains interviews with cast and crew members and uses information gathered from Hitchcock’s records.  The book is non-fiction which is why it’s difficult to know how the film will turn out.

Gervasi is best known for his documentary film Anvil! The Story of Anvil, so it could easily be assumed that this movie will also be a documentary.  However, there is a problem with this theory; if it were a documentary then actors would not be cast to play the people.  Maybe it’ll be a mockumentary. 

The story follows Hitchcock; who decides to make a low budget horror movie, despite the fact that he had an established career.  This isn’t the first time someone tried to adapt the book for film.  Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, was, at one stage, going to direct a film version of the book.  A miniseries was also on the cards once.

It looks like this time the movie will actually be made and I hope it is, because, in a world full of remakes, it would be nice to see a follow-up movie that adds to the original.  On another hand, I know for a fact that there are people, not me, who can’t stand things like this, when a movie’s over it’s over and that’s the end of it.  For people like me, who religiously watch the DVD extras, this will be a good thing.

What do you think?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.