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‘Saving Mr. Banks’: A sweet ‘Mary Poppins’ tale that’s practically perfect

Full disclosure: On some occasions in my career, including presently, I have done work for television programs owned by the Disney Co.

Equally full disclosure, and some of you will shake your umbrellas at me for this one: While I love many things Disney, including any number of motion pictures, “Mary Poppins” never did it for me. I recognize the brilliance of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and I admire what were some pretty nifty visuals for 1964, but all those obnoxiously sunny tunes such as “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee” — no thank you.

So I might not have been as keen to see a movie about the making of “Mary Poppins” than the multiple generations of fans who adore the film. But regardless of whether you can type “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” without even Googling or you’ve never heard of the magical nanny, “Saving Mr. Banks” quite likely might be your cup of tea…



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