Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium - I'll Buy That

20th Century Fox
Duration: 95min
Category: family
Available: On DVD
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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is the kind of store that exists in a child's fantasies. The film, however is very much focused on growing up, which is in the tradition of many a children's stories such as The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter Pan.

This is the story of Mr. Magorium, played by Dustin Hoffman, and his magical toy shop. The toys come to life and exist in a magical realm. The story follows his decision to "depart" and leave the store to its manager, Natalie Portman who has never looked more like Audrey Hepburn. The story follows Portman, along with Jason Bateman, the Accountant or counting mutant as they call him in the movie, as she faces the prospect of taking over the store and loosing her mentor.

The film's plot is fairly thin but it's charming. The real treat to the film is the wonderfully random moments which crop up every so often. There is a hilarious moment featuring Kermit the Frog and another about playing Duck, Duck, Goose with a real goose. These side splitting moments are wonderfully original and truly make the film.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, like the namesake store, is a treat because of the surprises you find inside. It's not the plot or even the rather pedestrian art direction, it's silly little moments that sneak up and surprise you and put a smile on your face.

Come on in and look around.

Review By: Collin Smith

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