A spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down, as Saving Mr Banks goes to show. John Lee Hancock’s film is a sweetly sentimental account of the making of Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson portrays a prickly PL Travers as she primly resists Walt Disney’s adaption of her most beloved creation.
An affectionate but unrelenting Disney (Tom Hanks) persists, and the pressure applied – here comes the medicine – causes her to revisit bitter memories of a traumatic childhood and an alcoholic father (Colin Farrell). Insightful and loveable in equal measure.