Monday, 21 July 2014

What I learnt from Saving Mr Banks

I was dying to see this film but when I went to see it at the cinema, the projector broke and I had to see 12 Years a Slave instead. So I'll admit, I had high expectations but when I finally got it on video. I was a little disappointed, as I found it quite depressing, rather than the raucous feel-good comedy I was expecting. However, I think that's more me, rather than a fair judgment of the film. Everybody else I know absolutely loved it and describe it as 'gorgeous' and 'sweet'. So see point number 2...maybe it's me!

It did raise some interesting points though:

1. Travers says "Being a mother is a job, a very  difficult job and not one that everyone is up to, one that not everyone should have taken on in the first place". I found this interesting as it's not really an attitude you hear anyone say these days. Or I don't, anyway. I think there's something touching in the brutal honesty of it. It's kind and forgiving as well as harsh and judgemental at the same time. When she said it, I recoiled but it stopped me in my passive viewing and made me think.

2. "You expected me to disappoint you, so you made sure I did." This is huge. A danger we have is projecting motivation onto people. There is no reality, only perception, so we need to be very careful about what we focus on, and make sure we aren't creating our own misery.

3. "Don't you want to stop remembering it that way? We all have our sad tales but don't you want to finish the story and let it all go? Don't you want to live a life that isn't dictated by the past?" I loved the positivity in this statement. That it is that easy to change our life. We can take control and finish the story.

4. Stay for end credits - they play the actual tapes of the sessions - I found that really interesting.

5. One for the writers "That is what storytellers do - we restore order with imagination and we instil Hope in life again & again" I loved this description - obviously it depends on the story...

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  1. Can you believe I haven't seen it yet! I ran the Disney give away of the movie, but I still haven't seen it myself. I am DYING to see it. Really must take a stroll to the DVD store ....
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  2. I watched it the last time that A was away - I didn't really know what to expect but it wasn't what I thought it would be. Having said that I did enjoy it.
    Have the best day !
    Me xox

  3. I would like to see it but I know it's not Boatman's cup of tea so I'll have to wait until he is fishing or something.
    That line about motherhood was quite confronting. I'll have to mull on that one.

  4. Haven't seen it but I know I will when I have the house to myself! I agree with your point about No.2 - I sometimes think that in some of my relationships with my family.

  5. I have been tossing up whether or not to get this one out. I have heard mixed reports. Your first point is interesting and something I have heard a great deal about in the past with one of my friends - a brutally honest friend :)

  6. I haven't seen this movie Lydia, I wasn't really sure I would like it. May have to give it a try. That first statement is quite confronting, isn't it?

  7. I haven't seen this movie but it does sound interesting. I really like point 2 as well. It is really easy to get caught up in the way that other people see us, especially people who we have known for a long time.

  8. I have so many movies to catch up on when I get my life back. I love how you take lessons form the movies you see. I also love movies that stay with you for days after you see them. That to me is a sign that the writer has connected with your soul.