Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Zach Helm (2007)

90min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Stranger than Fiction writer Zach Helm makes his directorial debut with this family-friendly tale of an enchanted toy store. Dustin Hoffman hams it up as the eponymous 243-year-old proprietor, whose time on Earth is running out. He plans to pass the baton to his young assistant (a cutesy turn by Natalie Portman), but she has her heart set on becoming a composer. As you'd expect, the setting allows Helm to conjure up a colourful array of bells and whistles, but the paper-thin yarn fails to draw you in. Helm provides no context for the existence of the toy shop where supernatural shenanigans are an everyday occurrence, and he loses a vital sense of wonder when he veers from the point of view of the story's young narrator Eric (Zach Mills). Sadly, there's just not enough magic here to make it memorable.

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Cast & Crew

Molly Mahoney Natalie Portman
Mr Magorium Dustin Hoffman
Henry Weston Jason Bateman
Eric Applebaum Zach Mills
Bellini Ted Ludzik
Dr Dunn Jonathan Potts
Lora Marcia Bennett
Ellie Applebaum Rebecca Northan
Jordan Oliver Masuda
Cassie Samantha Harvey
Director Zach Helm
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: IconAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Dec 2007
Comedy Drama Children's