Links of the month

A few fun tidbits from my corner of the internet!

– If Harry Potter was made by Disney, it would be hilarious – from HeyUGuys

– The 2014 run of Get into London Theatre is on! Check it out for discounted tickets to plays and musicals.

– Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Passers-by in Leicester Square were surprised by a flashmob to celebrate the release of Saving Mr. Banks. At the US premiere, it was Julie Andrews who revisited the song joined by Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Disney execs.

– Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are working together again and they have the best. Bromance. Ever.

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Saving Mr Banks

Saving Mr. Banks is both the making of a beloved film, and the story of the life behind it. Emma Thompson is brilliant as witty and determined Mary Poppins author P. L. Travers: the famous nanny she created feels like family and she refuses to see her turned into a “silly cartoon.” But money is getting scarce and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) is unrelenting in his pursuit of the rights to the film adaptation.

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P.L. Travers is not impressed by Disneyland

This sets the stage to the main attraction of this film: a battle of wills between two highly creative, successful, and very, very different minds. The tension and (not so) quiet power struggle underlying every conversation between the two – from movie dialogue to tea – is most entertaining and gives Thompson and Hanks the chance to shine as they play off each other. It’s no small feat to keep your viewer hooked when they already know how the story ends.

This is not, however, a documentary; and the somewhat cheesy conclusion reminds us that this has been made by the same studio who specialises in “sugarcoating darkness,” in Travers’ words. It’s doubtful she would have approved – let alone enjoyed – this romanced rendition of her life, but for us Disney fans and Mary Poppins lovers, it is a treat.

Saving Mr. Banks is released in UK theaters on 29 November.