Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium 2007

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is a 2007 film written and directed by Zach Helm. The film stars Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Jason Bateman and Zach Mills.

The screenplay is the first that Zach Helm wrote when hired as a contract writer at Universal Pictures, but it remained unfilmed until Helm was able to buy the script back after Stranger than Fiction was made.

Plot: Mr. Magorium never outgrew his toyspretty remarkable, considering the guy is 243 years old. Magorium, a lively fellow with wild hair, a pet zebra named Mortimer and a fondness for shoes, has been running Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium for the last century or so. It’s a place that makes Toys ‘R’ Us look like the DMVwhere Legos build themselves, fish-mobiles are made with real, wriggling fish, and balsa-wood dinosaurs play with Frisbees. But big changes are ahead. See, Mr. Magorium has worn out his last pair of favorite shoes, and since he bought enough to last a lifetime, he knows he’s about to die, er, depart, as he puts it. So Magorium hires a stuffy accountant (whom he immediately dubs Mutant) to determine what his store is worth and prepares to hand the whole thing over to his day-to-day manager, Molly Mahoney. POSITIVE ELEMENTS: The doubt-filled Mahoney has her own problems. And this candy-colored film creatively uses them to teach us all a thing or two about life. When she was a child, everyone told her she was a musical prodigy, and she still has aspirations of fulfilling her promise. But now, as an adult, she’s still working at, well, a toy store. Sure, it’s magical and all, but it’s not the sort of job one boasts about at class reunions. She is horrified when she learns of Magorium’s plans and tells him flat-out that he’s got to keep living and dealing with the store himself. After all, she points out, the place is called Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. “It rhymes!” she exclaims, and she takes it upon herself to show her eccentric boss all the small wonders of the world he’d miss out on if he decided to, um, depart. What kind of things? Things like dancing on Bubble Wrap, jumping on furniture-store beds and, inexplicably, making calls from pay phones.
* Dustin Hoffman as Mr. Edward Magorium, a toy impresario, a wonder aficionado, and an avid shoe wearer
* Natalie Portman as Molly Mahoney, Store Manager and Owner
* Jason Bateman as Henry “Mutant” Weston, the Accountant
* Zach Mills as Eric Applebaum, the Hat Collector
* Ted Ludzik as Bellini, the Bookbuilder Born in the Basement

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