Sunday, 1 June 2014

Saving Mr. Banks – A film that every alcoholic father should watch

Saving Mr Banks,Tom Hanks,Emma Thompson,Walt Disney, Mary Poppins
Saving Mr Banks
If you think that Mary Poppins is all sugar , spice and everything nice, then you should watch the movie Saving Mr. Banks.

I bought the Saving Mr. Banks DVD thinking that it would be a nice tale of how the story of Mary Poppins came to be made into the famous musical film by Walt Disney; a gentle and heartwarming movie for the weekend. What I got was a painful and poignant reminder of the effect that a fathers’ alcoholism can have on his children and it had me in tears.


It turns out that there is a hell of a lot more to be read into the Mary Poppins story that I had ever imagined and I shall never be able to watch that movie in the same way again. I won’t ruin the film for those who haven’t seen Saving Mr. Banks yet, but I will tell you that there was a real Mary Poppins and there was a Banks family, but Mary Poppins didn't come to save the children, she came to help the father.

You don’t have to particularly like the Mary Poppins movie and Dick Vandyke’s awful English accent, but it helps if you know the film because it’s the truth about what the story really means that makes saving Mr. Banks so touching.

The long lasting effect that being an alcoholic can have on your children is really brought home in Saving Mr. Banks, but the film doesn't take a judgmental view of the alcoholic, it’s more of a sympathetic view of someone trapped by their addictions than that of a complete no-hope loser.

The film brought me to tears because it reminded me so much of myself; playing with the kids when drunk, thinking that they didn't know that I was drunk. I even convinced myself that I was a more fun dad, drunk than I was sober. Well, that’s a lie isn't it, because they knew, all along, exactly what was going on, didn't they?

Saving Mr. Banks is a beautiful film. Tom Hanks plays the part of Walt Disney and Emma Thompson plays the role of the Mrs. P L Travers, the author of the original Mary Poppins book who struggles with the true meaning behind the story as Walt Disney turns into a lightheaded family film.


It’s a great movie anyway, but an unexpected reminder of past dark days and what could have been, to a recovering alcoholic father. 

On a more upbeat note! Here are my latest published articles on Hub Pages and they've got absolutely nothing to do with alcoholism or depression!

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