Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

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Genre: Kids, Animation

Cast: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson

Synopsis: Angela Lansbury plays a witch in training who takes in three young guttersnipes evacuated from London during WWII and together they go on wild journey to find a magical artefact which will defend England from baby-eating Nazis.

When it comes to movies which evoke a sense nostalgia, in my opinion nothing beats this 70s classic musical which is essentially a low-budget Harry Potter. I remember watching this movie again and again when I was about five and it was my first exposure to the awesomeness that is Angela Lansbury. My phone has Angela Lansbury saved in its autocorrect and I am proud and thankful for that. Bedknobs and Broomsticks has everything a young kid could possibly want in a movie: songs and dancing, low-budget magic affects, animation and Angela fucking Lansbury.

Although probably not as popular as Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks offers something that movie doesn’t: cold, hard grit. Whereas the kids in Mary Poppins are spoilt brats who complain at the end of the movie because their coked up au pair won’t tell them she loves them, the kids in this movie get threatened with a royal shanking on Portabello Road. Not only that, Angela Lansbury gets cunt-punted by a pair of magical shoes and David Tomlinson gets accosted by a gaggle of English prostitutes. This movie offers more than your typical Disney fare.

At its heart though, this movie does have a wonderful message. If you pay attention to it, you can see that his movie is teaching kids about the magic of books and reading. Thanks to books, the children are transported away from the sadness they face in their lives when they are evacuated from London during WWII. These kids go on all sorts of awesome adventures and save our fair virgin isles from the masochistic phallic bigotry that was Nazi ideology. In my opinion, getting your kids interested in books is one of the most worthwhile things you can do. If your kid can sit quietly for a while reading a book, they’re set for life…not least because they can defeat Nazis.

Seriously though, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is crazy-whimsical. How can a movie with animal football/soccer not entertain and delight? If you’re looking for a film which will enable you to rediscover a sense of childhood adventure and wonder then this is the film you should watch.

High-lights:

  • Angela Lansbury. I love her. There is a video on youtube of her doing morning exercises and affirmations. It’s from her exercise tape from the 80s or 90s. When I get old that’s what I want to do, make some bullshit exercise tape that is so inspirational and bad at the same time. I also want to be Jessica Fletcher. She just travels around writing crime fiction, solving murders and accusing her friends and acquaintances of committing those murders. Such a charmed life.
  • Beautifully constructed sets.
  • Wonderfully charming songs. I now walk up Portobello Road singing the Portabello Road song.

Downers:

  • [SPOILER ALERT] In the end David Tomlinson goes off to war and it’s sad to think he may have died in battle.
  • Although I sing the Portobello Road song every morning, I’m not accosted by Indians and Scottish dancers which spoils it a little. Now it’s all just yummy mummies and expensive coffee shops. Where are all the prozzies and gangsters threating you with a shiv?

Summary

If you watched this movie as a kid, you were one lucky fucker. I look at kids movies today and some of them are so shit. Turbo? Planes? Seriously, what the fuck is that shit? These movie studios need to get schooled Angela Lansbury style. Anyway, I digress. This is a great movie to be stoned for but if you get so stoned that you begin to think your bed is moving and taking you to a far off place, you’ve probably gone too far and it could get really freaky.

8/10

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7 Comments

Filed under Animation, Great, Kids

7 responses to “Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

  1. Yes! This is the perfect movie to watch when you’re stoned. Great review!

  2. Love this movie! Watched this for last year’s Halloween marathon! Awesome review 🙂

  3. Love this film! So unique and if it was released today the title would be more hysterical 😀

  4. Angela Lansbury & Jessica Fletcher are my heroes!!!!!! 🙂

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