It’s a really terrible title for a biopic-ification of the making of Mary Poppins, with limited recognition of said Banks character and the fact it undercuts a climactic emotional moment.
Still, this Disney production avoids corporate whitewash thanks to Emma Thompson’s relentlessly cold portrayal of author P.L. Travers, although Tom Hanks is all warmth and understanding as a pursuing Walt Disney.
Together the duo lend undue weight to a story that leans hard on pop psychology and flashback neatness, and – despite Thompson’s enjoyable efforts – never feels as though it captures the truth of a hard, complex woman.
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