Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

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In the warm-hearted family film, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, all of the toys come to life and the store itself is magical. Edward Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is the 243 year old proprietor of a magic toy store for over 113 years. (And I thought 10 years as a blind movie critic was a long time.) Mr. Magorium knows he is about to depart from this life so he informs his lovely young store manager Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) to prepare to take over the Emporium. Molly lacks the confidence to run the Emporium so the toys become unhappy and the store begins to from its colorful appearance to dull gray. A regular visitor to the store is a young boy named Eric Applebaum (Zach Mills) who has no real friends of his own but feels the magic of the Emporium. With the help of Eric and an accountant named Henry Westton (Jason Bateman) who was hired by Mr. Magorium to determine the store’s value, Molly finds the magic within herself. (As if we didn’t realize what was going to happen in this feel good plot.) This is an original story but nothing in it is original. That line is about as confusing as the title but it makes sense. The characters don’t have any substance and worst of all this film is supposed to be about magic and there is no magic to the story. Kids will love the special affects, parents will be happy there’s nothing offensive and best of all – it’s only 90 minutes long. (I think I aged a year in those 90 minutes.) This is a charming film that the kids will enjoy and didn’t put me in a coma, so I’m giving it a C rating.

This movie has been given a G rating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.