Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
The most fantasmagorical musical entertainment in the history of everything!
An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery, but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it, and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.
Such a classic. You've not had a childhood if you didn't see this and be terrified of the childcatcher.
I can't take this one seriously because it's the song I sing when I'm about to unleash my brown dogs of war upon the porcelain battle grounds.
It's somewhat painful to look up the reviews of this from 1968, and what some of the film historians say now. Sure, there are some cheesy parts and some bad effects, and the second half is just not so captivating. But there are also some magnificent moments and and PLENTY of location shots for which no short cuts were taken. And those Rube Goldberg machines in the opening parts are real! Like, someone had to make those things and they work!
Maybe the fact that I've been catharting through movies all weekend has addled my emotions, but I basically burst into tears during the first "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" song sequence when there are those huge angles of the car…
One of my childhood favourites, and Roald Dahl helped to write the screenplay! How excellent. Dick Van Dyke is perfect in these magic-fuelled musicals, and even though the film is a little long with the format of the film often getting confused in my head, the songs and performances are all brilliant.
If I kept getting my car run off the road and into a swamp by the same person I'd probably sue them, not marry them.
Albert Broccoli adapts Ian Fleming's non-James Bond novel and gives it the faux Disney treatment. He not only got one of the stars of "Mary Poppins" to headline, he got the Shermans to write the music. The result is pretty tepid, and at 2 1/2 hours long, tepid is pretty damning. A lot of the assembled talent doesn't end up benefiting the picture. The Shermans provide sub-standard, unmemorable songs. Roald Dahl works on the screenplay, but none of his distinctive magic is apparent. Ken Adams is borrowed from the Bond series, and his set design is magnificent, but it's not enough to carry the film.
great first half
mediocre second half
dick van dyke slays
Flying car that doesn't talk? I don't know...
Happened to re-watch on TCM and really enjoyed this - free range kids indeed.
When talking about classic movie musicals. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang kind of gets overlooked and thats really sad because in my opinion its up there with Mary Poppins The Sound Of Music & Willy Wonka it is an essential if you want to watch movie musicals. and I love it just as much as those films. It has some fantastic acting some great directing awesome effects and also some extremely catchy music that Is going to get stuck In your head and also some fantastic choreography also a great screenplay and story. By far though the best part of this movie is the 2nd half which turns Into an adventure film and its awesome!! Really everything that makes a perfect musical masterpeice thats fun for the whole family. i
Link to my youtube review (coming soon)
It would be pretty easy to just say 'I didn't like it, this hasn't aged well, etc.' and be done with it.
Thought this as a kind and I still think it today: GET RID OF THE SONG THAT TRULY SINGS HALFWAY THROUGH FOR NO REASO and get back to the funny Vulgarian spies!
Cuz I'm 30 now and I do what I want !
A classic film, an extremely exciting adventure for the whole family. Dick van Dyke is always a pleasure to watch, especially in this film.
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