(Article by Tom G.) I’ve never met the guy, or seen the movie, but there is something about Mr Magorium that I just don’t like. Sure Dustin Hoffman may very well be one of the greatest actors around, but that doesn’t change the fact that Magorium and his Emporium look rather annoying. Films like Toys try and show us the types of things that kids really want to play with, by producing lively and imaginative creations.
But even in my youth, these toys don’t look the slightest bit appealing. Do children really want fresh fish stuck on their ceiling or giant beach balls that try and run you over? Maybe I grew up as a cynic (that’s likely), but you really can’t beat a good old Transformers toy, while as a child if I had received anything from the Wonder Emporium, I would have run away in fear. That said, Natalie Portman is rather nice….
(oh and Chucky has nothing to do with his film, but he helped emphasise my ‘scary toy’ point)
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. In fact, it’s a magic toy store and everything in it comes to life–including the store itself. The emporium asks only one thing of its customers–you must believe it to see it.