David Walliams has been a big fan of the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang since he was a kid.He loves the dancing chimney sweeps, Dick Van Dyke’s Cockerney accent, and the creepy old kid catcher but most of all he can’t get this damn car It’s a good looking engine, there’s no doubt about it, but its real USP is, of course, that it can actually fly what little David always wanted was to see Chitty soar in real life as opposed to he is able to broadcast his favorite project to most little boys as part of Channel 4’s festive planning. And frankly, it’s a real delight
Walliams makes a neat line in surly grumpiness when the man he asked to get the car off the ground, aircraft engineer Tony Hoskins, struggles somewhat with his mission to first start with a replica car with the same one Weight (very heavy) but that’s an instant non-starter Then they pull it all back and cut holes out to make it more flight friendly Even so, it’s not quite right David is getting grumpier and grumpier and Tony shows an increasingly anxious demeanor even when he is smiles through (maybe he knows the bad Walliams mood is just an act?) But will everything be okay in the end? No spoilers here, but come on, you can fill in the blanks, right?
On the way, Walliams visits an elementary school full of enthusiastic kids performing a production of Chitty (Wayne Sleep transforms into the Child Catcher during the auditions for that part) We also get an anecdote about the real meaning of the title (It’s rude) And we hear from the author of the original novel, none other than Ian Fleming, who got bored of making bestselling Bond boilerplate and briefly diversified around Dealing with children’s literature No matter what he writes, Fleming seems to be the man with the golden note And then the moment of truth comes Will Walliams make his dream come true or will he be one of the crushing disappointments many have felt in 2020 ? But that’s television. Surely television will save the day, right? Correct?
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