I am so excited to share with you a summer filled with positive, helpful movie reviews! My hope is that these will be some good family films for your summer break.
I’m calling this series, “Amazing Summer Movies for Families to Enjoy.”
I’ve invited some of my favorite blogging friends to share movies they love with you. Each Wednesday morning, I’ll add a new review for you to enjoy.
You and your family can gain a whole slew of great movie suggestions from reading these weekly reviews. I hope these articles will lead to a fun summer of movie watching for you and your crew.
*You can read last week’s movie review here: Pete’s Dragon.
Today’s Movie Title: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, and Benny Hill. (Interestingly, a young Phil Collins shows up as one of a crowd of Vulgarian children.) Although the movie is based on a novel by Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl had a hand in writing the screenplay which is completely evident in the appearance of the delightfully awful villains and the other-worldly land of Vulgaria.
Adventure with a smidgen of fantasy
Caractacus Potts, single dad, and eccentric inventor faces what appears to be yet another failure when his idea for a musical candy is rejected. In a heroic attempt to delight his children, he restores a classic race car and is surprised to discover that it takes to the air as well as the sea. Traveling in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, they rescue their grandfather from the evil clutches of Baron Bomburst and set free the oppressed children of Vulgaria – then return home just in time to discover true love and success at last.
The movie released in 1968 and is set in the early 20th century.
Why We Love It:
Singing! Dancing! Slapstick! Mayhem! Bad guys that you love to hate! When my four boys were all tiny, I was amazed that they could sit through the whole movie (2 hours and 24 minutes!), but apparently the multiple settings, suspense, and the opportunity to get up and dance The Old Bamboo with loose-limbed Dick Van Dyke kept everyone engaged long after the bowl of popcorn was empty.
One star for each Morin boy and another one for their parents equals FIVE STARS!
Watch Out for This:
The Child Catcher with his stringy hair and mean expression was a true nemesis for my boys, particularly the most sensitive of the crew. Whenever we saw low-flying aircraft, there was ALWAYS nervous speculation – mixed with a touch of hopefulness — as to whether that might actually be the Child Catcher in pursuit of our mini-van, but I don’t recall any nightmares or fear leaking beyond the boundaries of the viewing time. Even so, I have a feeling that parents of very young children who have not been exposed to many movie villains should take a look at this sharp-nosed bad guy with the big net before they decide to view this movie.
Where Can We Find This Movie?
That’s a great question because my VHS copy is pretty worn out, and this is definitely a movie that we will reprise with our grandchildren when they get older. Here’s what my research reveals:
Available for purchase in Blu-ray and DVD from Amazon and Target.
Rent it from Amazon Prime or iTunes.
It is also an option on NetFlix.
Here is another great movie review:
About Today’s Reviewer:
Michele Morin is the wife of a patient husband, Mum to four young men and a daughter-in-love (soon to be two!), and Gram to one adorable grandboy (with another on the way!). Her days are spent homeschooling, reading piles of books, and, in the summer, tending a beautiful (but messy) garden and canning the vegetables.
She loves to teach the Bible and is privileged to gather around a table with the women of her church. She blogs at Living Our Days where she writes about the books she is reading, the grace she is receiving, and the lessons from God’s Word that she is trusting.
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