| Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) |
This is a truly excellent musical that is still loved by children today. When my wife and I set out on road trips, I can't help but sing a few lines of the theme music. "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we love you. Near, far, in a motor carů" Now you know what she puts up with!
There is beautiful scenery, fun, excitement and positive optimism that only children can fully absorb.
The story starts out with a cash strapped, eccentric professor who invents wacky machinery. Then he invents a revolutionary car, and takes some kids for a spin. A foreign government (Vulgaria) sees what the car can do and decides to steal it along with the inventor's uncle. The main characters of the movie must then travel to Vulgaria to rescue him.
This film gets the MMG stamp of approval, because the men and the women are treated with equal respect, fathers are not ridiculed, and no one is kicked in the groin. It is healthy food for children's minds.
On the minus side, the child catcher might be too scary for some young children. Also the stereotypically evil "Vulgarians" might not be a hit with people from Eastern Europe or particularly Bulgarians. The two children in the film seemed annoying to me, but maybe because I'm an adult.
Dick Van Dyke does a great job, as always, playing Caractacus Potts (the inventor), and Sally Ann Howes plays the heroine Truly Scrumptious very well.
I highly recommend this film for children between 3 and 10 years old. For we adults who what to reminisce, click in the IMDB portal button for more details and photos.
- Reviewed by Paul G