The Last Mimzy 2007

The Last Mimzy

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The Last Mimzy makes efforts to be a fun children's movie, but unsuccessfully juggles too many genres and subplots -- eventually settling as an unfocused, slightly dull affair.

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Siblings Emma (Rhiannon Leigh Wryn) and Noah (Chris O'Neil) discover a box full of strange items they believe are toys. As the children play with the objects, their parents (Joely Richardson, Timothy Hutton) and a teacher (Rainn Wilson) notice that their intelligence level is growing by leaps and bounds. Emma reveals that her favorite toy, a stuffed rabbit called Mimzy, talks to her and has an important message from the future.

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  • Aug 09, 2017
    Films are hard to make, I've never been a person who will ever say that a film is easy to make, even though there's people like Adam Sandler and his group of douchebags that do whatever they can to make a mockery of the people who actually put in the effort without reaching the same level of success as he has. But that's not the point. The point is that making films is hard, making good films even harder and making good kids' films is damn near impossible. That's obviously a bit of an exaggeration, but I think parts of it are true. The point I'm trying to make is the fact that you have two make a film that appeals to two very different audiences with different tastes. You have to make it appeal to children, which is easy enough, for the most part. And you have to make it appeal to the adults who have to take these children to watch these damn movies. I'm not saying you have to put in R-rated jokes in there, but at least have enough cleverness that at least people my age (or older) can sit there and be like 'ok, that was pretty funny'. The Muppets and Pixar are experts at bringing these two demos together in their films. But I digress, the point that I'm trying to make, or trying to ask rather, is if this film manages to bring these two different audiences together. The answer to that question would be a resounding, unwavering no. Nope, not at all. I guess having Rainn Wilson (who at the time was part of the cast of the American version of The Office) was part of their attempt to bring in a more 'adult' audience to their film, but the fact of the matter is that he is not in here (nor is Kathryn Hahn) enough to make a real difference one way or the other. And, to be honest, I don't even know what sort of role he was even meant to play here. He's Noah's science teacher and all that and he helps Noah and Emma in the climax, but I'm not really sure what his purpose is beyond that. His reason to exist is to help Noah and Emma, he doesn't have a real discernible personality. I mean he has these strange dreams where he sees the same mandalas that Noah ends up drawing and his mystic girlfriend (Hahn) helps convince him to help the kids, but that's about it as a character development. If I can be honest with you, ladies and gents, I didn't find this to be a very good movie. A large chunk of it feels like exposition, like they're building this franchise and this is only the first installment. But then, in a hurried climax, they pretty much solve everything. I think part of the problem is the fact that I really have no clue what the last Mimzy was and what the fuck was its actual purpose. They try to explain it, but they do such a shit job at following up on it. Once the Mimzy is in Emma's hand, and the kids start getting these powers, there's no explanation why this Mimzy is important and what its real purpose is. Again, they tell you, quite literally, at the beginning and that's about it. If you weren't paying attention, you would be fucked since you wouldn't be able to figure out what the whole purpose of this thing is. I think you'll have problems even if you did pay attention. There's some attempt at, what the time would have been, some topical commentary with the FBI getting involved and believing this family to be part of some sort of terrorist cell. It's goofy and stupid, but it is what it is. I think the biggest sin this film commits is the fact that, quite frankly, it's quite boring. The first chunk of the film is so damn lifeless and uninteresting that I could have shut this off midway through and it wouldn't have bothered me in the slightest. And it's not like it gets much better after the kids start showing their changes. When the Rotten Tomatoes said that this was a slightly dull affair, boy, they weren't kidding. The acting is also wildly inconsistent, at least from the children's parts. I mean, I get it, they're young and they're not as experienced as, literally, everyone else in the entire cast, but there's still some really cringe-worthy scenes where their delivery is just awful. And, again, I hate to pile on kids who, obviously, didn't have a lot of experience, but they were really bad in some scenes. And perhaps it's not even that they were bad, but the movie put them in situations where they're gonna look like terrible actors. What else can I say about this movie? The ending is, honestly, kind of awful. Particularly in how easily the government just gives up afterwards. They're like 'oh we're sorry, let me know if there's anything we can do for you' and then they leave. Yea, bullshit they'd leave that easily. And I get that the film was ending and they couldn't stretch it out to include government interrogation as to the events of the climax, but still, it's absolutely absurd. I don't really know what else I can say about this movie. It just missed the mark completely. Shitty world building, uninteresting story and characters, poor acting and tonal shifts keep this from being an effective, or even slightly entertaining, movie. Not recommended, in the slightest.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2013
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  • Nov 17, 2012
    I don't know. I just really liked the Alice in Wonderland references.
    vieras e Super Reviewer
  • Mar 13, 2011
    Focusing on the fantasy part of the story more, would have made it a more entertaining adventure.
    Bryce I Super Reviewer

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