Film Raves – Saving Mr Banks and Philomena

I always love this time of year. There are so many wonderful movies at the cinema. Finally over the weekend I managed to see two of the very best. As always, I am mot a Film Critic. I am a Film Maker who loves movies and therefore I only ever publish information about films that I have loved. Both of the following films are so worth while seeing. Please see them and let me know what you think. I have to rave about them .

The first film is “Saving Mr Banks” imgres 

I really loved this film and enjoyed the performances of Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. Its beautifully shot and overall a very entertaining film.

  1. Critics Score overall  –  8 out of 10   
  2. Audience Score overall – 9 out of 10
  3. My Score –  9 out of 10

Source and Synopsis : Rotten Tomatoes

Two-time Academy Award (R)-winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar (R)-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen. When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise-one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against acurmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen-and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.

 

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The Second Film is  ”Philomena”images
starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan and directed by Stephen Frears

This film is exceptionally moving and is based on the true life story of an Irish girl who had her child stolen from her by the catholic church.

  1. Critics Score overall  –  9 out of 10
  2. Audience Score overall – 9 out of 10
  3. My Score –  9 out of 10

Source and Synopsis : Rotten Tomatoes

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock – something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of – and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

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