Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (U)

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Time Out rating:

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Time Out says

Posted: Mon Dec 10 2007

The trailer makes Zach Helm’s fantasy look appealing, as if it were a companion to ‘Lemony Snicket’s…’ or ‘Nanny McPhee’. It turns out to be no more than a dull, whimsical, superficial film about a 243-year-old toy shop owner who is fast approaching the end of his life. We have no idea why Mr Magorium (Dustin Hoffman, with wig and lisp) is so old and about to die. What we do know is that his emporium is so magical that all the toys spring to life. Now, with old Mags about to pop off, the shop senses a sad future and throws a fit by turning everything grey.

Will Magorium’s successor, manager Natalie Portman, have the belief in the power of magic to restore the store’s powers? Will she ever fall in love with Jason Bateman’s accountant? And who is the kid with the silly hat? Let’s not be too Scrooge-like; there are pockets of charm, and some of the effects are quite good. But if you want your children to experience notions of mortality in the realms of fantasy, rent ‘Bridge to Terabithia’.

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Release details

Rated:

U

UK release:

Fri Dec 14, 2007

Duration:

94 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman, Zach Mills, Jason Bateman

Screenwriter:

Zach Helm

Music:

Alexandre Desplat, Aaron Zigman

Editor:

Steven Weisberg, Sabrina Plisco

Cinematography:

Roman Osin

Production Designer:

Thérèse DePrez

Producer:

James Garavente, Richard N Gladstein

Director:

Zach Helm

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Angela

Average film I think it was missing adult humour but hey it's a kids film & my 4yr old daughter loved it! She loves anything magical or fairytale! We only paid a £1 each so not complaining at that at all!

Angela

Average film I think it was missing adult humour but hey it's a kids film & my 4yr old daughter loved it! She loves anything magical or fairytale! We only paid a £1 each so not complaining at that at all!

Jo

Took the kids to see it last week and was very disappointed. Thought Mr Mag was very creepy ...... made my flesh crawl in fact, didn't like the 'voice' or the way he touched the children :( Film was much improved after his departure which didn't make me cry as most movie departures do!! Natalie didn't really get into her role, wasn't at all believable. The boy and the 'Mutant' were the best characters but even they were pretty 2 dimensional. Luckily all this went over my 8 yr olds heads and they said they enjoyed it, but even they weren't begging me to get the dvd like they usually do after most films!!

Jo

Took the kids to see it last week and was very disappointed. Thought Mr Mag was very creepy ...... made my flesh crawl in fact, didn't like the 'voice' or the way he touched the children :( Film was much improved after his departure which didn't make me cry as most movie departures do!! Natalie didn't really get into her role, wasn't at all believable. The boy and the 'Mutant' were the best characters but even they were pretty 2 dimensional. Luckily all this went over my 8 yr olds heads and they said they enjoyed it, but even they weren't begging me to get the dvd like they usually do after most films!!

the Caped Misanthrope

Shame about this film. Could have been good but simply wasn't. Disappointing as my daughter really wanted to see it. Shame too is the unfortunate under-use of some great talent in the guise of Mr Dustin Hoffman. A fine actor in a weak film. incidentally, the person shown as "dipstick" below criticises the writing of a child with his own terrible writing, and poor use of grammar, and speeeelling. Some people like to think they know it all. Go for your life Sophie, ignore the critics and express yourself. Having studied language for a long time I can tell you that none of the points he raises matter unless you wish to enter a victorian household, as language constantly evolves and grammar is entirely flexible. Keep it funky girl, and ignore the idiots ;o)

the Caped Misanthrope

Shame about this film. Could have been good but simply wasn't. Disappointing as my daughter really wanted to see it. Shame too is the unfortunate under-use of some great talent in the guise of Mr Dustin Hoffman. A fine actor in a weak film. incidentally, the person shown as "dipstick" below criticises the writing of a child with his own terrible writing, and poor use of grammar, and speeeelling. Some people like to think they know it all. Go for your life Sophie, ignore the critics and express yourself. Having studied language for a long time I can tell you that none of the points he raises matter unless you wish to enter a victorian household, as language constantly evolves and grammar is entirely flexible. Keep it funky girl, and ignore the idiots ;o)

Justine

Dipstick (appropriate) needs to leave Sophie alone, she,s only a kid - if you have nothing worthwile to say - best to say nothing at all :-)

Justine

Dipstick (appropriate) needs to leave Sophie alone, she,s only a kid - if you have nothing worthwile to say - best to say nothing at all :-)

Lucex

It looks brilliant but after lukin at the reviews i dont really want to go and see it

Lucex

It looks brilliant but after lukin at the reviews i dont really want to go and see it

Ruth

The best thing about this film was the trailer. Very dull. I took my 5-year-old daughter who was dying to see it after seeing the trailer so many times. Turns out those clips were the only bits worth watching! Not recommended for any age group.

Ruth

The best thing about this film was the trailer. Very dull. I took my 5-year-old daughter who was dying to see it after seeing the trailer so many times. Turns out those clips were the only bits worth watching! Not recommended for any age group.

[[.x.Sophie....*&amp;

Hyahh, saw dis film wiff my mum n fought it waz gurd buhh waz sad halfwayy threw lol x if only magorium wud stay x most people wudd enjoy it ah fink n it isnt as bad as people awr makin owt lol x buhh every1 lyks different fings x buhh mee n myy mum enjoyed it x the endin waznt reli dahh gurd x n sort of stayed open as if theyre waz ah numbah2 lol x buhh am nt tellin any1 wahh appens x watch it yahselves furr thah x

[[.x.Sophie....*&amp;

Hyahh, saw dis film wiff my mum n fought it waz gurd buhh waz sad halfwayy threw lol x if only magorium wud stay x most people wudd enjoy it ah fink n it isnt as bad as people awr makin owt lol x buhh every1 lyks different fings x buhh mee n myy mum enjoyed it x the endin waznt reli dahh gurd x n sort of stayed open as if theyre waz ah numbah2 lol x buhh am nt tellin any1 wahh appens x watch it yahselves furr thah x

stacey

I was going to see the film with my mates but everyone said that it is rubbish and they were disappointed so i'm not sure now but we could just go for a laugh!

stacey

I was going to see the film with my mates but everyone said that it is rubbish and they were disappointed so i'm not sure now but we could just go for a laugh!

veronica

these people are very wrong for the use of language on here!!! this is a family website, little kids included!!!

veronica

these people are very wrong for the use of language on here!!! this is a family website, little kids included!!!

Lucie=)

I have not yet seen this film but it looks absolutely brilliant from the reviews it seems quite bad but the trailer is just pure class! Love it loads xx

Lucie=)

I have not yet seen this film but it looks absolutely brilliant from the reviews it seems quite bad but the trailer is just pure class! Love it loads xx

yuppie

I am very disappointed because it could have been better and i think it was just a whole load of rubbish!

yuppie

I am very disappointed because it could have been better and i think it was just a whole load of rubbish!

Als

It was watchable but thats about it, the whole way through I was just waiting for something to happen, nothing did. The whole film was just lacking any real plot and just dawdled along to a rubbish ending.

Als

It was watchable but thats about it, the whole way through I was just waiting for something to happen, nothing did. The whole film was just lacking any real plot and just dawdled along to a rubbish ending.

Jonathan Hill

This was probably the most disappointing film I have ever seen. I found it utterly boring and so did my 5 year old grandson. We both stuck with it for the special effects. But the storyline and the characters were extremely trivial. Even Dustin could not rescue this film.

Jonathan Hill

This was probably the most disappointing film I have ever seen. I found it utterly boring and so did my 5 year old grandson. We both stuck with it for the special effects. But the storyline and the characters were extremely trivial. Even Dustin could not rescue this film.

Angela Bennett

I have no idea what this film was about. Not the fun, magical family film I expected. My seven year lost interest in the film almost straight away and was upset when Mr Magorium departed in the middle of the film. Wish we had seen something else

Angela Bennett

I have no idea what this film was about. Not the fun, magical family film I expected. My seven year lost interest in the film almost straight away and was upset when Mr Magorium departed in the middle of the film. Wish we had seen something else