Glenn here looking at the trailer to the long-awaited sequel to Oscar-winner Finding Neverland!
Okay, so Saving Mr. Banks isn't a sequel, but it's certainly a kin to Marc Forster's Peter Pan origin story from 2004. I wasn't a fan of that movie, but given we've recently been discussing Johnny Depp's descent into fulltime caricature, maybe we should relish Finding Neverland as one of his few roles of the last decade that didn't rely on kooky make-up and broad physical comedy. For whatever reason I'm surprised Disney didn't try and get Depp on board to play a bumbling Dick Van Dyke in this behind the Hollywood scenes feelgood drama. Instead they went with relative unknown Kris Kyer who actually has a history as a Dick Van Dyke impersonator. Whatta world! [more...]
Neither he nor Victoria Summer as Julie Andrews are featured in this first trailer for Saving Mr Banks which is more interested in the story of Mary Poppins' author (Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers) and her relationship with Walt Disney. There is, however, plenty of Emma Thompson.
Let's take a look see, shall we?.
• Emma Thompson. It really can't be said enough how big of a treasure she is to cinema. While she will never likely top her string of critical successes from the early 1990s (Howard's End, The Remains of the Day, In the Name of the Father, Much Ado About Nothing and Peter's Friends is nearly as strong a run as Nicole Kidman had in the early '00s), she continues to do fine work whenever she graces us with her presence. While I find it curious that Thompson brought Nanny McPhee to the screen and now tries to tell the tale of Mary Poppins' creator, I'm just grateful she has the lead role in a movie that's aiming for the big leagues.
•"No, no, no. 'Responstable' is not a word!" I know it just ties back to Thompson, but there could be some fun to be had in the way the original books became such a sweet Disney confection.
Here's the trailer if you're up for it. I'm camped out in the "Maybe So" area of Disneyland with Saving Mr. Banks. Like the aforementioned Hyde Park on Hudson it could simply vanish without the right critical reception and end up an also ran. I suspect it'll be one of those "well, I guess I have to see this, don't I?" affairs, but let's hope for something supercalifragilisticexpialadocious.