Molly Mahoney is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium.
|Release Date||:||November 14, 2007|
|Production Company||:||Mandate Pictures, FilmColony, Walden Media, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Gang of Two Productions|
|Production Countries||:||Canada, United States of America|
|Casts||:||Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman, Zach Mills, Jonathan Potts, Rebecca Northan, David Rendall, Jade Cohen, Marcia Bennett, Ted Ludzik, Madalena Brancatella, Paula Boudreau, Mike Realba, Steve Whitmire, Liam Powley-Webster, Oliver Masuda, Samantha Harvey, Jesse Bostick, Isaac Durnford, Daniyah Ysrayl, Dash Grundy, Dylan Authors, Aidan Koper, Lin Lin Feng, He Wen, Gan Zhen, Quancetia Hamilton, Kiele Sanchez, David Collins|
|Plot Keywords||:||magic, fantasy, darkness, toy, sell, faith, puppet, wizardry, toy shop, rescue, aftercreditsstinger, piano|
I expected a "kid" movie. And an insipid one at that. Treacly and dumb. So why did I go? Well, I'd seen everything else, and I really like Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. I like Jason Bateman, too. So I took a chance. And it was really GOOD! True, kids will like this movie. But the theme of belief in one's self, and "possibilities," and all that metaphysical stuff appeals to me. Granted, the story line was about a toy store, but the real story underneath that, and which came shining through the juvenile aspects, was one of TRUE magic and possibility for all of us. The cast played their parts well, and the mechanics of the movie were good--- nice colours, nice sets. The animation, or puppets, or whatever the moving toys were, was believable.
At one point, Natalie Portman asks Jason Bateman if he sees "sparkle" in her. He has to say "no." But later, after the plot unfolds, admittedly predictably, the sparkle finally shows up. It showed up in me, too! The SPARKLE was there throughout the movie.
Whether you have kids or not, if you are in the mood for something light yet meaningful, check this out. It has the wonder of a Harry Potter movie, without the vapid and stupid plot of those films. This movie is brave enough to be simple, and true enough to be.... well, true. I feel better having sen it. And that's a worthy accomplishment for ANY movie!