A Movie Worth Watching
I am normally trying to write articles relative to significant issues. This one is about a movie and human nature. I hope you enjoy the diversion.
It is now playing on HBO and it deals with years ago in many lives. It is entitled, "Saving Mr. Banks," and that takes one away from instant recognition of "Mary Poppins" and "Spoon Full of Sugar." It is a fascinating look at human nature.
Many in my generation enjoyed the tunes from the movie. I never saw it at the theater since I was so busy pastoring a church at the time. The songs popped up here and there. None had enough "gravitas," to usethe author's favorite word, about why she didn't like the idea of animated penguins dancing with Dick Van Dyke.
When I now know the story behind the Mary Poppins story, I see "gravitas" all over. You may find a good summation here: http://en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Saving_Mr._Banks
It seems the author, P.L. Travers, was quite a hand-full for Walt Disney. With all pomp and circumstance she was invited to Los Angeles to approve the script and movie. She came with a typical British attitude of "pomp and circumstance." Disney had made a promise to his daughters to bring Mary Poppins to life in cinema. Previously, she was a character in a book often read at bed time to children. Ms. Travers even insisted all the discussions be put on tape.
Anyway, here you have the musical guys trying to formulate songs a pompous woman might approve. According to the film, she never had a happy bone in her body because of her severe upbringing in Australia. Her father had a problem with alcohol. Her mother was expecting more success and seemed never to be quite happy with him. His daughter was the one with stars in her eyes over her playful father. He was her hero who died from tuberculosis while trying to be a proper banker doing foreclosure / critical outlook on potential borrowers / going against his basic nature of kindness and joy. He was just trying to support his family.
I will not give away more plot than this. What I will say is that when you see it, look with an eye to yourself. We all have problems with success and propriety. We all want a "proper image" when we might be better off "being ourselves." Always being so pompous keeps us from the lessons of a visit to Disney World and a ride on the merry-go-round.
Enough of this seriousness over politics and religion. A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down! Let's go fly a kite! Tap your toe and sing to your heart's content! PLEASE.
Rated PG-13. Released on DVD March 18, 2014
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