« Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Even though the sound of it is something quite atrosicous! » It has been a while since I heard this word. Yet it was the first musical I watched and I loved. And now we discover what was behind the story.
Twenty years after writing the book, Pamela Travers as Mrs. Travers, left her beloved London to land in Los Angeles, where her book was to be adapted on screen. As an uptight English lady, she checked and refused every single propositions from Disney production artists. But the irony shows that all those ideas were finally in the film.
I am not a fan of overlapping times whether it is in a film or in a book. But I must say that transition from one time to another is well done and justified, even if there is only one overlapping time that I really liked. But it could be annoying when you are suddenly interrupted in the story. We still face two stories that could be told separately. Few references to the musical are in the film. One is subtle, another one is rather obvious.
Emma Thompson is divine as Pamela Travers. This part perfectly suits her. Tom Hanks is good as well and I was surprised by Colin Farell as a tormented father who could no to provide for his beloved family.
The soundtrack was a mix of original music and themes from Mary Poppins musical whose some excerpts were in the film.
What I especially liked is not how Mary Poppins musical was created, but how a book is made into a movie, and realize that there is always an inner reason to the writer about the details of his work.
« Mary Poppins, Mr Banks and Bert are my family. » As Mrs Travers, we all have a story we feel close to, that we wrote or not.
Try to stay until the end of the credit for not missing a thing.