A movie about the making of movie?
A spoonful of Mary Poppins, and some life lessons, too!
Now that my children are older, we don’t hear Disney tunes around the house much these days, but there was a time when the likes of Aladin, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and The Lion King would ring loud and clear, and each of those musicals brings back cherished family memories. Seeing the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, I was intrigued. I was never really a huge fan of Mary Poppins, although we did have a sing-a-long tape of classic Disney songs that my daughter would literally play over and over on every car ride, and during her daily nap time, so I was well versed in songs like, A Spoonful of Sugar and Supercali . After seeing Saving Mr. Banks this weekend, I realized that, in addition to being a wonderful movie, there were lots of great life lessons contained in the film – and after all, what would a Disney movie be without that?
1) We can reshape our past into the reality we want.
Without giving away too much about the plot, the characters in this based-on-a-true-story movie make it clear that it is very possible to leave the past behind (do I hear the spirit of Mufasa speaking?) and reclaim our lives, making it into one we want and deserve. In some cases, this is a long process, but in most cases very well worth it.
2) Letting go is a choice.
The pain of a little girl’s past can be healed, even after years – as long as she one day allows herself to let go. A child’s heartache, whether from past abuse, a fatherless home, or a difficult childhood by some other definition, stays in her (or him) possibly forever. However, that does NOT mean that the heartache of the past needs to define the future. In fact, the very act of letting go of pain can be the catalyst that provides healing, and is overwhelmingly empowering.
3) Positive actions carried out with consistency can warm a hardened heart and help us find joy.
While the stress of life sometimes gets us down, we can perform simple behaviors on the outside that can actually change our hearts on the inside. Whether we channel our talents into making movies, writing books, or just singing songs, instead of remembering the past through the lens of its problems, we can feed the birds, ride a carousel, and fly a kite with the joy of childhood inside of us, no matter how old we are.
Whether you’re looking for life lessons or just want to be entertained by a powerful movie with a great cast, I encourage you to see “Saving Mr. Banks”. You won’t need a spoonful of sugar to enjoy this one!
A chorus that will get (happily) stuck in your head:
Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let’s go fly a kite
And send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite!