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Movie Review: Saving Mr Banks

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When Walt Disney wants something, he REALLY wants it.

So much so that he was patient for almost twenty years before enough was enough. Tom Hanks as a rather idealized version of the legendary raconteur pulls out all the stops trying to get the writer of “Mary Poppins” to agree to let him make a film out of it. Problem is, that writer, P.L. Travers, as played by Emma Thompson, isn’t exactly going to let her beloved characters get Disneyfied without a fight.

The Unusual Suspects plan an elaborate heist of a review for this Christmas release, featuring Most Wanted poster children Brian, Beau, Martin and Chris. Is this is a heart-warming and funny fable imbued with the Disney magic of old, or is it a shameful and treacly white-washing of history? You be the judge.

 

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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.