Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is a super fun movie with completely nonsensical logic, which I love!

Description

A magical toy store throws a temper tantrum when its magical owner decides that he’s going to depart, and the store manager, an accountant, and the store’s most loyal customer must figure out how to keep it going without him.

Themes

Believing that you can accomplish your goal, kids are actually geniuses, anything is possible, people are full of surprises

Job 42:2 “I know that You can do all things; no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.”

Mark 10:14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

Summary–Spoiler Alert!

Mr. Edward Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) runs a magical toy store, where all the toys are alive and energetic. He has moving giraffe stuffed animals, fresh fish mobiles, fried fish mobiles, and much more. Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), a girl who for ten years has been told she has “great potential” as a pianist, is the store manager and Mr. Magorium’s apprentice. She is the only friend of Eric Applebaum (Zach Mills), a loyal young customer and junior employee.

One day, Mr. Magorium recalls that throughout his 243 years in the magical toy business, he has never once looked at a receipt. He tells Mahoney that he is going to get an accountant to take stock. She tells him about her insecurity on the subject of her piano talent–she has been working on her concerto for years without perfecting it. He offers her the Congreve Cube, a magic block of wood. Or, as Mahoney believes, a block of wood. Meanwhile the accountant–or the Mutant, as he becomes known as, for reasons unknown–arrives. This Mutant is a boring, businesslike “just guy” named Henry Weston (Jason Bateman). He doesn’t believe that the store is magic, causing him to never see any of the wondrous happenings.

Mr. Magorium confides in the Mutant that he is going to die; he knows this because he has come to the last pair in his lifetime supply of shoes. When the shop figures this out, it begins to rebel by transforming into an ordinary toy store.

When Mahoney figures out, she throws her own temper tantrum in her own way: By pleading with Mr. Magorium not to go and trying to convince him of all the wonderful things he will miss out on if he does die, even going so far as to taking him to a hospital despite his lack of ailment. But nothing she tries will convince him–he has made up his mind.

Once Mr. Magorium is gone, so is all the magic in the store.  Mahoney breaks down and refuses to fix the problem, instead putting the store up for sale. In the meantime, Eric has become friends with the Mutant, who has showed an imaginative side. Eric asks the Mutant to help him buy the store from Mahoney. Instead, the Mutant decides to convince Mahoney to keep it. By admitting her belief that the store and its toys are magic, she makes the Congreve Cube activate. The Mutant faints.

When he wakes up, Mahoney messes with him and pretends that she has made an agreement with a buyer. He protests, telling her that she is magical and that she has to run the store. She begins to conduct her concerto and the toy shop comes to life, satisfied with being under her command.

Comments

I liked it when the Mutant showed his creative side with Eric’s hat collection.

Mr. Magorium was my favorite character, because he has completely nonsensical non-logic, which is of course the very thing I understand.

I mean, a magical toy shop? How cool? Ok, I’m tired right now and idealess. I’ll add more stuff on this later.

 

 

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