Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.
Release Date: November 16th, 2007 (wide) MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Fox Walden
Directed by: Zach Helm
JJ Rating: A
A magical toy store’s owner (Dustin Hoffman) is handing over the store to his manager (Natalie Portman) because he’s “leaving”. Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.
I saw reviews for this movie and they made me laugh. People want good movies they want them and they don’t know it when they see it what a good movie actually is. Let alone they can’t seem to like happy movies…the movies have to be depressing and dramatic and Oscar worthy for them to be all YAY for them. Such a pandemic of loserism it’s not even funny. Oh wait…it is.
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is fun. It’s a fun movie and Hoffman and Portman make a great team. Hoffman creates an interesting voice to portray Mr. Magorium along with a smirky smile. Portman has a sweet disposition that is twisted with lack of faith in her self. Jason Bateman is the accountant with a too serious need to be serious and he is given a great nickname. Zachary Mills plays a smart odd child who can’t seem to befriend anyone his own age but has an odd interest in head gear.
The toy store has a mood issue because it knows that Hoffman is leaving. It becomes very moody. With its moody color shifting and the quirkiness of the characters it adds an interesting dynamic to the story. Like a mood ring the store shifts from bright to dark. Even a stern talking to won’t alter its appearance.
Portman’s character has a tick. Her fingers move across things as if she’s playing a piano. She does play the piano so it’s not as if it’s a useless tick like some people have, it’s just a very interesting characteristic I have never seen before in a movie. That adds to the wonderfulness of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.
I had a lot of fun watching the movie because it was funny and fresh. It had great one liners and it had pleasant points of view. It has lines that can and do tug at the heart and tickle the brain. One of the best scenes is between Batman and Mills. It’s sure to give a memory smile. A memory smile is when an adult remembers being a child and then…you got it—smiles.
Simply put I’m going to buy Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. It’s the first movie in a long time that I have actually really liked and had fun watching. If you are up for something that is simple and uncomplicated in story and funny then BAM you should see this movie. If you’re expecting something that’s complicated with complex drab and depressing views and a sick need to Oscarize then don’t bother. It’s very quirky and zany with care, understanding and yippy fun. It touched the joyous heart and it gave me a huge smile. Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is every bit as wonderful as I expected and wanted. *smile*