biography · comedy · drama

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Where: the mall of LA
With: Mom, pangs, Miss P
Date of Viewing: Christmas 2013

Genre: biography, comedy, drama
Personal Blahs:
Watching this movies wasn’t part of the plan so I really had no idea what it was about. At the start of the movie, all I could think about is how I hate this lady! I have no idea who she was, but it was apparent that she was a miserable grouch. As the movie progressed, I learned that she was the author of the famous Mary Poppins. Mr. Walt Disney was so intent to buy her story that he would turn into a musical so as to keep a promise he made to his daughters. Mrs. Travers obviously didn’t want all of the ideas on her story was going to be shown to the public and made all unnecessary requests and comments enough to tick the crew and even Disney himself. In between the present occurrences, bits and pieces from Mrs. Travers life flickered on the screen; a trail of happy memories turned bitter by the weakened family ties during her childhood. She was a daddy’s girl and did everything to please him. He, in return, loved her, but was caught in the powerful grasp of alcoholism. I learned an important lesson while watching this movie. Sometimes, we become quick to judge people without bothering to know what might have caused it. The same was true for Mrs. Travers. I was quick to judge, but then the truth stood before me that all she wanted was for her father to be saved. We all have Mr. Banks in our lives – regrets, remorse which we need to let go before it consumes us to an endless void of bitterness.

Porter: Would you like me to unpack for you, ma’am?
P.L. Travers: Young man, if it is your wish to handle ladies’ undergarments, I suggest you take employment in a launderette.

My Rating: ★★★★★

biography · comedy · drama · Movie

Julie & Julia (2009)

Where: at home
With: by myself
Date of Viewing: February 08, 2012

Genre: biography, drama, comedy
Personal Blahs:
This is the biography of two women who found joy over a common hobby – cooking. Julia Child enrolled in a cooking class despite being the only female student. Julie Powell, a huge fan of Julia, challenged herself to do all the recipes within a year – it being an “escape” from all the stress from her job, toxic friends, and the deal about the transferring in a place she doesn’t really like. I tried looking the original blog but I couldn’t find it, and found some other bloggers stating it no longer exists. I really find interest in cooking, but I don’t have the resources to cook. I’m more into baking and I wanted to get my hands on those recipes for desserts that they showed in the movie. This movie probably wants to make the audience realize that nothing is impossible with the help of our loved ones and a bit of inspiration from people we look up to. Of course there will times when we feel inadequate, and our frustration overpowers us. We tend to forget that there are people who love us in spite of all our weaknesses and we must pause to show them we care about them too. Although I’m not into Julie’s character (there were times I feel she was being a narcissistic brat ), I admire her strength for finishing the race. Bon appetite!

My Rating: ★★★★