Before being Mrs. Potts or Jessica Fletcher of “Murder, She Wrote,” Angela Lansbury starred in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” a fantasy adventure as daring as the talented Lansbury. Directed by Robert Stevenson, this Disney production features scenes of witches, orphans, hand-drawn cartoons, and most notably, a magical battle between Nazis and suits of armor. Needless to say, it was a trip. But what really makes this project such a remarkable entry on Lansbury’s cinema is the way she makes her character her own.
From her quirky sense of humor to her character’s outlook on life, Lansbury brings a level of childish respect and whimsy to Miss Eglantine Price. She is a character that, if played by someone else, would probably be too strict or too silly. But Lansbury balances out all of Price’s different angles, making her someone you can’t help but look up to at the end of the film.
Simply put, “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” is much more than a rip-off of “Mary Poppins”. Sure, they share similarities in terms of creativity and narrative, but ultimately, both films are worthy of respect for their individual accomplishments. Besides, any movie that shows Lansbury flying on a broomstick into battle is great.
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