Tuesday, 28 July 2015

I've Just Seen: Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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Director: Robert Stevenson

The influence of Mary Poppins is strong with this film. A magical lady meets a bunch of isolated  children (here physically and emotionally so), teams with a slightly down-on-his-luck man and goes on several adventures, some involving animated creatures. This may be derivative, but Angela Lansbury is always fun to watch and listen to sing, that I am able to enjoy this film without thinking about it too much.

Its biggest failing is that the story is it not stream-lined enough: there is too much going on. They go off looking for David Thomlinson's character, then go looking for a medallion, then come back to save England from the Germans. Had it chosen one overarching story, with one anatagonist, it would have been better. The songs are also not as memorable as Mary Poppins, which is always a shame in a musical film. Best suited to young children, and those with nostalgia complexes.

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