Monday, November 19, 2007

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Eli 6.3 has a long-ass Thanksgiving break from school that started today, so we went to see Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, owner of a less-than-stellar 36% over at Rotten Tomatoes.

If a movie has a 36% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, it's basically a recommendation that if you get to choose between seeing the movie or stabbing yourself with an ice pick, then you should learn how to hold an ice pick.

Much to my surprise, the movie was quite a bit better than I expected--with one exception. Seeing Dustin Hoffman, one of the great actors of his generation, create a character that consisted entirely of bushy eyebrows, teased hair, and a lisp was excruciatingly painful.

Besides that, though, the world inside which the movie takes place was fantastic. The way the set designers created the toy store, and the way the toys came alive, was really, really fun. If your son or daughter is under ten, they'd probably have a good time. Eli 6.3 certainly enjoyed himself.

As for yourself, have an ice pick handy. When Dustin Hoffman says something, you'll need it.

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