For those who always wondered about the “real story” behind the 1964 Walt Disney family-musical hit Mary Poppins, this whimsical, flyweight showbiz-historical drama about the relationship between old Uncle Walt (played by Tom Hanks) and Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) will come as a thrill. For everyone else, it’ll seem more like a full-scale “making of,” a promotional reel for Disney. In other words, advertising that audiences have to pay to see. Suit yourself. Costarring Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, and Ruth Wilson. Screenplay by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith (126 min.).
Director: John Hancock
Producer: Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Paul Trijbits, Andrew Mason, Christine Langan and Troy Lum
Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Colin Farrell, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Dendrie Taylor, Kathy Baker, Victoria Summer, Ronan Vibert, Annie Buckley and Melanie Paxson