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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

A movie directed by Zach Helm

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Dustin Hoffman is Mr. Magorium, Quirky, Quaint, and Funny

  • Jun 14, 2010
I just had the opporutunity to watch this movie last evening for the first time.  My daughter had seen it a few times and my husband had watched it at least once.  But, it was my first journey into the Wonder Emporium.

I wasn't sure what to expect from the movie and I was pleasantly surprised.  I enjoyed the whimsical nature of Mr. Margoriums Wonder Emporium.  The fanciful way that Dustin Hoffman played this character was fun to watch.  By the slight lisp in his speech and the clothing he wore and his entire presentation, I believed he was a quirky man running a wonderful toy shop that children could believe in things happening because they were magical.

I liked Natalie Portman in her character as the shop manager that is able to believe in things, but just not believe enough in herself.  When she is forced into realizing that this quirky, fun, somewhat madcap Mr. Magorium is leaving, she has quite an awakening, and the transformation is fun to watch.

I found myself sad a couple of times, but the joy in believing in magical things and believing in yourself played so strongly through the movie, it was a movie with a nice ending that truly makes you wonder about magic, does it exist or is it just in you.

If you haven't seen it, it's a good show to watch.  Sitting with my seven year old and watching it with her, hearing her giggles at funny, crazy things was very enjoyable as well.  Take a couple of hours, pop up some popcorn, throw in this movie and enjoy!

It's a great change of pace.

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June 15, 2010
Nice write up! I have to admit, this somewhat peaked my interest before but for some reason, it dropped off my radar. Thanks for the reminder.
June 15, 2010
Thanks for dropping by and checking it out. I appreciate the feedback!
June 15, 2010
sure! I like movies that take me back...so this will be under "A Look Back" feature.
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Let me make this clear first. I didn't watch this film with any children, nor am I some sort of child in a mans body. I'm a lover of movies that seek to entertain, inspire and teach. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium does all three and the supporting cast to Dustin Hoffman really make this movie work.    Dustin Hoffman plays the eccentric toy shop owner who's over 240 years old and a believer in magic. One day he tells his dependable shop manager, Mahoney played by Natalie Portman …
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In writer-director Zach Helm's whimsical 2007 film, MR. MAGORIUM'S WONDER EMPORIUM, veteran actor Dustin Hoffman plays the title character, a 243-year-old toy-store owner who is ready to pass his enchanted business on to his beloved assistant, Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman). However, when Molly, a former composer and pianist, has doubts about taking over the (literally) magical store, and an uptight accountant (Jason Bateman) appears to assess the establishment, the many inhabitants of the Wonder Emporium begin to rebel, resulting in a chaotic situation that can be fixed only with the help of a shy, lonely boy (Zach Mills). <br> <br> A first-time director best known for his inventive STRANGER THAN FICTION screenplay, Helm ably--ahem--helms EMPORIUM, which clearly nods to the WONKA and TOY STORY movies without seeming derivative. Always one to dive gamely into a quirky role (see TOOTSIE, RAIN MAN, HOOK, etc.), Hoffman makes Magorium both silly and endearing, while Portman charms as his earnest protigi,...
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Director: Zach Helm
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: November 16, 2007
MPAA Rating: G
Runtime: 1hr 34min
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