Saving Mr. Banks: an Inspiring Movie for “Blocked” Writers

Saving-Mr-Banks_413x612The other day, I saw Saving Mr. Banks with my mom and two kids. We chose the movie because it seemed like the type of thing that can be enjoyed by people of all ages: not too much violence, no graphic sex, etc. Plus it stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, and those two aren’t in the habit of making bad films. Not to mention that it seemed to have an uplifting story, which is never a bad thing as the holiday season draws to a close.

But what I didn’t expect from the film was the tremendous sense of validation it gives to the career of the writer. Those of us who spend our time weaving characters into story lines sometimes ask ourselves  questions like: what’s the point of all this? Why am I sitting here hacking away at this computer when I could be out earning a steady paycheck or volunteering at the local food pantry?

And for some of us, those questions eventually force us to quit writing. Which is OK. A steady paycheck is a good and often necessary part of life, and there are far too many hungry people in the world. But for those of us who keep hacking away, Saving Mr. Banks makes a pretty decent argument for us. I don’t want to include any spoilers here, but when Tom Hanks, as Walt Disney, says, “That’s what storytellers do. We restore order to imagination. We bring hope,” I couldn’t help feeling inspired to get back to work on the novel I’ve been struggling with.

So if you’re feeling blocked these days or maybe just a bit uncertain about your writing career, maybe you owe yourself a couple of hours in the movie theater.

Happy 2014!

About Mary Rowen

My three published novels, LEAVING THE BEACH (a 2016 IPPY Award winner), LIVING BY EAR, and IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY focus on women figuring out who they are and what they want from life. Music and musicians have a way of finding their way into the stories. I live in the Boston area with my family and pets.
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4 Responses to Saving Mr. Banks: an Inspiring Movie for “Blocked” Writers

  1. Sheila says:

    Love this! I haven’t seen the movie, but am curious about it and now moreso. Thanks for posting that quote…I know it’s one I’ll want to keep close to fuel me through the kind of days you describe!


    • Mary Rowen says:

      Thanks, Sheila! The movie is a little bit long, but the performances are great. I should’ve mentioned Jason Schwartzman and Paul Giamatti too. Quality all around, IMO. Happy new year to you and happy writing!!


  2. Carol Chicarello says:

    Love this too! Going to see this movie over the weekend. I actually ended up downloading Mary Poppins so I could watch it again. Happy New Year!


    • Mary Rowen says:

      That’s a good idea, Carol. I wish I’d watched MP recently–think it would’ve helped me appreciate some parts of SMB better. Hope you enjoy it and happy new year to you and yours as well!


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