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Where Toys Come to Life!
|Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) owns and runs the most magical store in the universe, where all of the toys for sale are alive. But, when the aging shopkeeper decides to retire and sell the business to his faithful cashier (Natalie Portman), he hires an uptight accountant (Jason Bateman) to get his affairs in order.|
"...well made, and adults likely will find themselves yielding to its gentle, whimsical charm. William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Editor's NoteIn 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). 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 protégé, and Bateman provides an enjoyable level of skepticism while enduring the nickname "The Mutant." Although the film's playful quality could veer toward excess, its thoughtful script and able actors allow it to stand out as a highly entertaining production.
Cast & Crew
|Aaron Zigman - Original Music By|
|Alexandre Desplat - Original Music By|
|Brandt Gordon - Art Director|
|Joseph Drake - Executive Producer|
|Richard N. Gladstein - Producer|
|Roman Osin - Cinematographer|
|Sabrina Plisco - Editor|
|Steven Weisberg - Editor|
|Therese DePrez - Production Designer|
|Zach Helm - Director|
|Zach Helm - Writer|