Sunday, December 4, 2016

Movie review: Mr. Magoo

Nearsighted millionaire Mr. Magoo seems to always end up in unusual situations. This time around Magoo accidentally comes into possession of a priceless gem which of course criminals and the government both want.

Leslie Nielsen (Mr. Magoo), Kelly Lynch (Luanne), Matt Keeslar (Waldo), Nick Chinlund (Morgan), Stephen Tobolowsky (Agent Stupak), Ernie Hudson (Agent Anders), Jennifer Garner (Stacey), Malcolm McDowell (Austin), Miguel Ferrer (Ortega Peru).

Mr. Magoo was a fun cartoon and the film does a nice job of bringing him to life. The story is typical bumbling Magoo as he, while completely unaware, comes into possession of a priceless gem. Now with the criminals and the government hot on his heels, and Magoo still quite unaware, we are off and running on a crazy adventure of mishaps and mayhem. The story winds down in typical Magoo style as he remains unaware, bumbling along to his next adventure.

Nielsen was a great fit for the role of Magoo and did a nice job of bringing him to life. Keeslar was enjoyable and fit well with Nielsen. Lynch delivered wonderfully as always, as did Garner, Hudson and the remainder of the well known cast which added a good quality feel to the film.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were nicely done with good attention to detail. Action scenes were fun and fitting, helping bring Magoo to life. Dialogue was campy and fun with some nice chuckles. Sound and soundtrack were both good.

While Mr. Magoo is definitely aimed at younger viewers the film has enough detail and plot, along with decent technical work, to make it a good choice for family movie night.

With some mild sexual innuendo, minimum foul language, and slapstick violence, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 1997
Reviewed: 11.12.16
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Children & Family films, Comedy, Adventure, Family

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