Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium is a 2007 Canadian–American family/children’s fantasy comedy film written and directed by Zach Helm. Music was composed by Alexandre Desplat and Aaron Zigman.
The film stars Dustin Hoffman as the owner of a magical toy store, and Natalie Portman as his store employee. Also starring Jason Bateman as the mutant accountant and Zach Mills as the hat
collector and his store volunteer.
The film grossed $69.5 million worldwide from a $65 million budget. It received a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actor. The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 4, 2008 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.
This got a Rotten Tomatoes score of 37%, but it’s better than that. The critics consensus was that “colorful visuals and talented players can’t make up for a bland story.”
It’s the story that is the problem. Portman, Hoffman & Bateman are fine as the characters. But more needed to happen to them during the story to make it interesting. There was a point about 3/4 of the way through were it was possible that the Bateman character could have changed to take on the role of store proprietor and Portman finally completes her piano composition. But it just doesn’t happen, instead everyone does what was predicted at the start.
Writer-director Zach Helm later admitted his film was “a trainwreck”, after the film was referenced on an episode of the AMC drama Breaking Bad.