Movie Review: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium


This movie was generally about enjoying life with child-like wonder, and about finding within yourself your unique ability to be just what you were created to be.

Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is the more than 200-year-old quirky owner of a toy store that’s very popular with children and parents alike. The store is magical, playing alongside the children and providing whatever toy a child might desire. Mahoney (Natalie Portman) is the store’s clerk, sweet and friendly. She’s also a former child prodigy who’s trying to write a symphony (I’m not sure if that’s the right word), but she struggles with insecurity. When Mr. Magorium decides it’s time for him to leave, everyone (including the store) becomes disappointed and upset. They have to decide whether they’ll accept his leaving and continue to live with joy and wonder, or simply fade quietly away.

The movie also stars Jason Bateman as Henry (or Mutant), a straight-laced accountant, and Zach Mills as a little boy who is a loner, and whose only friends are adults (to his mother’s chagrin).

I kept waiting for the movie to get really good, really exciting, but it never did. It was cute. It was sweet. It had some good things to say about life that a child could understand. But when we left, my kids said there were a lot of boring parts. And I agreed.

And the movie ended very abruptly and unexpectedly–and nothing seemed to have really been resolved.

Overall I’d give this movie a 2 out of 5 stars.

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5 thoughts on “Movie Review: Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

  1. monty says:

    well I like the story… boring me?

  2. Nikki W says:

    Um, it’s been almost a month. Where is the next part of the EMT series? The world … well, me … I wait with abated breath! 🙂

  3. Tracie says:

    I’m sorry, I know it’s been a good while! Things have been hectic lately, so I haven’t had the time to devote to it … I definitely plan to get started on a draft today, and hopefully post it tonight.

  4. jackherrer says:

    i have seen this movie yesterday nioght it was very entertaining, even its was ment as a childeren movie i found it quit enjoyablee to watch bewcause of the idiotic toy and otherb stuf happening all over the screeen during te movie. its any way more then a 2 out of 5 and les then a 4 out of 5

  5. Tracie says:

    Well, you’re entitled to your opinion … but unfortunately for you, this is my movie review! ;P

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