"Saving Mr Banks", directed by John Lee Hancock

Movie, 2013

One of those schmaltzy films about a meeting of strong personalities which treads an historical and so entirely mapped outcome (Mary Poppins was made), but whose story and setting skillfully manipulate some strong emotional feelings and shine a light on alcoholism and its effects on families. A film far harder to like than to dislike; while the audience is played and scenes around the genesis of songs like “A Spoonful of Sugar” may have been and occasionally are a little awkward, the vision is illuminating and quite compelling.

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