1961, and Walt Disney (Hanks) launches a final attempt to persuade author P. L. Travers (Thompson) to sign over the rights to Mary Poppins so he can put it on the screen. The writer, strapped for cash, is forced to at least consider his proposal, but finds his charm offensive. And as flashbacks show, her love of the characters is linked to her own past.
This is not a simple story of an uptight English woman induced to loosen up by those freedom-lovin’ Yanks, but a delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future. Emma Thompson, in particular, is magic.
Reviewed by Helen O'Hara
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