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December 5, 2018
I think this is a great film.
November 17, 2018
I remember it being quirky and hilarious
November 6, 2018
October 11, 2018
Though simple, the story is not lacking in depth. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a fun and fantastical film that addresses death and loss, fear and friendship.
October 7, 2018
this is the best movie ever and if you don't like it you can suck my big toe
August 18, 2018
This is an amazing and funny children's movie for kids and adults who want to retain that childlike sense of wonder and also have a few laughs. It also has a heartwarming plot with a good meaningful moral.
August 4, 2018
its fun, it may not have been that great all in all, but i had a good time watching it
November 6, 2017
½ September 12, 2017
A little bit of a well intentioned mess this one. It really wants to be magical and whimsical but it sort of has a lot of ideas but fails to execute any of them. Felix was a bit lost but entertained but really it's not going to live in the memory and really fails to have an emotional connection. CGI is absolutely abysmal as well for a laughable conclusion with Portman spiralling round the shop waving her hands like a lunatic. I gues they thought it would be like Mary Poppins, it really isn't it's laugh out loud terrible.
½ August 27, 2017
Rough, perhaps condescending but then again worth a second thought - like a Terry Gilliam movie or Dr Parnasus.$7
August 10, 2017
A 243 year old man, a young kid that doesn't have the best social skills, an awkward cynical accountant and a talented young woman that feels stuck in her life. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, doesn't seem like it should work, but it does. Zach Helm creates an example for viewers to realize the happiness in death, and how to rejoice in a moment of sadness. With easily lovable characters, this film doesn't disappoint.
The film is based around a magic toy store found in the big city of Manhattan. Owned by the avid shoe wearer, Mr. Edward Magorium (Dustin Hoffman), and managed by the lovable Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), this emporium is the stuff dreams are made of. There are sock monkeys that hug you back, a door that with a turn of a wheel opens on different rooms filled with fun, walking dinosaur skeletons, paper airplanes that fly as if propelled by fuel and miniature pilots. The chemistry between Portman and Hoffman builds a father-daughter relationship that is easily relatable for an audience. It carries the film, and helps develop the story in a correct direction. The two friends are joined by another character, Eric (Zach Mills), the hat collector who is a young boy that is more likely to be found talking to animals than humans. He spends a good amount of his time at the toy store living in a world of magic. Harry (Jason Bateman) is an accountant (or mutant as Edward prefers) that is hired by Mr. Magorium to complete finances. He arrives and is immune to the magic of the store, missing the magic of the toy store and the relationships around him. Bateman adds an element of juxtaposition to the film the keeps you interested.
Molly is confused when Mr. Magorium welcomes Harry into the store to assist in getting all legalities under control before his "departure". She is concerned with this, considering she doesn't like the new accountant. Mr. Magorium informs Molly that he will be leaving soon, and when she asks where he is going, he tells her that after 243 years it's time to die and that he is leaving her his legacy. She doesn't quite understand what is happening, but she knows she doesn't like it. She was once a music prodigy when she was younger, being far more talented than any other young girl. People were convinced she would go far, however, she is still in the same place performing only for herself as she tries to finish her own song. From here, there are flying magic boxes, dancing on bubble wrap, glow stars in hospital beds, and much more magic. Molly finds herself on a journey to believe in herself, to find her "sparkle", to find her own magic. Portman is the star of this movie, she makes you love her, all the while you are learning valuable life lessons right along with her.
If there was to be one thing that doesn't appeal to all in the audience, it would be the idea that one day Mr. Magorium just "dies". Just as those in the film cannot enjoy the store if they don't believe, those in the audience will not appreciate this charming film if they too do not allow the themselves to see through a child's eyes; to see with their imagination.
"Your life is an occasion, rise to it." This is said by Mr. Magorium when he is explaining how his departure should be one of rejoice, not sadness. "I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I'm only asking that you turn the page, continue reading... and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest "He died."
Magical moments fill the screen as you watch this film and woven into the words and the relationships is simplicity and truth, the kind that uncovers the real magic in life. Mr. Magorium and Molly remind us that magic is there, you must only be open to it.
August 1, 2017
The thing about Mr. Magorium's wonder emporium is that it is not just a amazing children's movie, it's an amazing movie for all ages. It has a simple yet powerful message that goes deeper and touches your heart, but only if you let it. This movie is magical but you have to believe in it. This film may be ridiculous, nonsensical and cheesy but that's part of its charm. Mr. Magorium's wonder emporium has genuine heart and genuine characters, which is something I think more and more movies struggle to capture. It is completely original. It talks about life and death in a tasteful and many times beautiful way. It is well written and manages to balance a story that as I said earlier is just meaningful to adults as it is children. In some ways it may even resonate more with older viewers. Something children's movies are often guilty of is talking down to it's audience. Movies continue to underestimate children, believing that it is better to over simplify concepts or just choose to be meaningless eyecandy with no real substance. This film is both visually stunning and not guilty of underestimating a child's ability to enjoy a meaningful story. To top it all off there is superb acting acting, and strong character development. This movie carries itself with grace and humor. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you gasp with awe. The score is one of my favorites, carrying every emotion in the movie perfectly. It takes my breath away every time I watch it. So sit down with a friend or child or just by yourself and let yourself enjoy the whimsical adventure that is Mr.Magorium's wonder emporium. You may learn a thing or two. If anything it will make you feel something. There is so much more I would like to say and i could continue to sing praises for another twenty pages or so but I can't. I want people to enjoy this movie in all it's enchanting little moments.
July 29, 2017
Eh, it's not bad it's just eh
June 3, 2017
It makes me smile everytime you can just sense the childlike joy through watching it. It's truly a classic that needs more credit.
½ April 30, 2017
In full honesty, I have always loved this movie and I continue to. With a fabulous cast and a simplistic story, this film brings both joy and intrigue whenever I watch it. I LOVE THIS! I highly advise you watch this and have your own opinion on whether you like this.
March 12, 2017
Off-beat and joyously young-spirited, Mr. Magorium's features the stoic performance of Jason Bateman and surprising lead from Zach Mills to create a youthful, entertaining flick.
January 29, 2017
Visually stunning and a wonderfully delightful story suitable for all the family. Hoffman is sublime as always with a fine supporting cast Natalie Portman and Jason Bateman give subzero performances and Zach Mills shows his talent at a young age as 9 year old Eric.
January 11, 2017
Beautiful and amazing movie I really loved it
December 23, 2016
Great fun movie starring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. Their are a lot of fun moments in this movie, a like the idea of a magical toy store and is a child's dream to go there. But on the other hand their are some sad moments like when Mr magorium says he's leaving and when he dies, the emotion in my eyes and all the characters in this movie. Now for the bad, this movie gets slow at some points and is cheesy, like the part when the one kid touches or accidentally moves the big dodgeball or the animation of the toys moving but besides that Dustin Hoffman s character is entertaining and Natalie Portman s character does the magic thing with her hands and turns the store back where it belongs.
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