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Mr. Magorium and the Power of Believing in Your Children

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Rachel and a Block of WoodI just found an article that mentions one of my favorite movies, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, in a very positive light.  It’s about time that more people start digging a little deeper into the great messages that are held within that wonderful gem of a film.

From the article, which is about believing children who happen to have ADHD, but I believe can also apply to any and all children regardless of what they may have:

One of our family’s favorite movies is Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. It’s a beautiful movie with many beautiful lessons in it. One of the lessons that I found so profound comes from a block of wood. Mr. Magorium’s protégé, Mahoney, is stumped by the purpose of the block, and when she’s frustrated and at wits end with what to do with it she tells her mentor that it’s just a block of wood. His response baffles her at first. He says, “What do you think would happen if once, just once, somebody believed in it?”


In Defense of ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Mr. Magorium's Wonder EmporiumI’m not ashamed to say that Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is one of my favorite movies.  Running a website called “Walden Fans,” you might think I’m biased because I’m a fan of the company.  You’d be wrong.  I haven’t loved, or even liked, everything that they’ve released.  Far from it.  In fact, there are some films they’ve created that I’ve not even seen for myself, like How to Eat Fried Worms.

That said, there’s currently a lot of news since a character on a show called Breaking Bad ends up in a cabin which only has two DVDs, and both are copies of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.  Zach Helm, the writer/director of Magorium said that it’s two more copies than he allows in his own home.  I can understand that, as making a movie, you spend more time with the movie than most people ever do.  He literally spent a year watching the movie a few times a day, every day.  That’d be too much for even the greatest movie ever made.

However, the movie is not… I repeat… is not as bad as people are making it out to be.  It’s a fantastic movie about life and death, change, acceptance, dreams, letting go, and learning who you are and how to reach outside of yourself.  It’s got more depth than most summer movies and more heart than Cars 2. It also has real character development, for every major character in the film, including the store itself.

As Grail Quest Books points out in the comments, it’s also layers-deep on ‘vocation.’  That is quite true.  It features characters that are seeking out their vocations, who know characters that know their own vocations, and know who they are quite well, and those paradigms playing off of each other.


Let’s take a look at the character of Mr. Magorium, as played so every well by Dustin Hoffman.  This is a man that knows every bit of who he is.  He is comfortable being just the man that he is because he has been for quite a long time.  He’s very fond of being childlike, and playing games, and hasn’t forgotten what it’s like to be a kid.  When Magorium talks to the kids in his toy store, he talks to them like kids.  Not down to them, but at their level, and by doing so, gives them respect and earns their respect.  And that respect translates to the advice that he gives to the kids, making it sink in more.  When he tells the lead boy, Henry, at one point in the movie, that he should try to make some friends, it is the respect that Magorium has earned from Henry that makes the advice mean that much more to Henry.

And there is another side to Magorium.  He’s read and understands Shakespeare.  When he talks to other adults, he treats them as adults.  Again, he doesn’t patronize.  He talks to them with the same respect and dignity that is due to every person we talk to.  When he gives Mahoney advice about living, it is a wonderful moment between two adults about life and death, living and dying, in the midst of a children’s movie, that is both wonderfully complex and simple in the same moment.

So give Magorium a chance.  You may just be surprised.

Any questions?  Also, give your feedback, and I’ll likely add to the story.

‘Mr. Magorium’ score composer Alexandre Desplat to receive Hollywood Award

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Alexandre Desplat is set to receive an award this October for excellence in score composition throughout his impressive career.

Desplat, a native of Paris, France, has been nominated for two Academy Awards and has composed for over a hundred films, including Julie & Julia, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, The Golden Compass, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Painted Veil, The Queen, Syriana, and Hostage.

Desplat will be presented with the award at the Hollywood Awards on October 26th, during the 13th annual Hollywood Film Festival.

[via Examiner]

City of Ember DVD Release: January 20, 2009

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

City of Ember DVD ArtThe terrific and underrated City of Ember will be released on January 20, 2009. It’s rumored to be a bare-bones release with just the film and no special features, which would be a terrible shame. This is a film that I would LOVE to see features for.

I have wanted more features for Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (the DVD had some, the Blu-ray had none… explain that to me), and I hope I’m not wanting for more features for this.

It really is a shame that more people didn’t go see City of Ember at theatres. Probably a combination of the economy and the time of year it was released.

Walden Media Up for Many Young Artist Awards

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

For the 2008 Young Artist Awards, a whole slew of Walden Media films have been nominated in many categories. For the full list of nominees, visit the Young Artist Awards website.


Mr. Magorium Headed to Blu-Ray and DVD on March 4!

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

This is an excellent film that I have now seen at least 3 times. At least. I just loved it. And this news really excites me all the more!


Collider Visits Magorium Press Junket

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Collider, a movie news website, has just posted the first press junket attended by Niall Browne. It includes a fascinating look behind the scenes at Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, one of the best films of 2007. Here’s an excerpt:


Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium: A Spectacle to Behold

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

I had been anxiously awaiting the release of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium for well over a year. It’s writer/director, Zack Helm, is a fascinating script writer. I went to the movie on Friday and actually SAW the movie on the Saturday after the release. If you’d like to read a bit about that, I’ve made it smaller here. You can easily skip to the review.


Walden’s Wonder, Chip Flaherty Interview “Life is an occasion, rise to it.”

Friday, November 16th, 2007

“If he were around, Virgil would be at a Friday night showing of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.”


Simplymini Toys Bring Magic to Kids in Need This Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

AK Toy Company is pleased to participate in Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’s Toy Drive event by offering Simplymini toys to celebrate its World Premiere of the film as well as bringing some magic to kids in need.