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Movie Review: Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Mr. Bean’s Holiday
Directed by Steve Bendelack
Written by Hamish McColl and Robin Driscoll from a story by Simon McBurney

Mr. Bean is a throwback to the silent film era, where practically all of the jokes are visual.  It takes a Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton to really sell this kind of material, some inventive sight gags that at least gloss over the stupidity of the main character.

Rowan Atkinson, while talented in some way, is not Chaplin or Keaton, and most of the sight gags underline the stupidity of his character.  He hardly speaks a word and when he does, it feels like he’s about to die from exhaustion.  For these reasons, his creation Bean is either hilarious or annoying.  And I pick annoying.

In Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Bean (Atkinson) wins a raffle to go to France.  With a video camera in tow, Bean manages to find a way to cause havoc around him without anyone knowing it’s him and even causing the innocent to get blamed.  Eventually, a “story” comes into focus:  Because of his nonsense, he makes a man (Karel Roden) miss a train, a man whose son Stepan (Max Baldry) is onboard.  Bean feels it’s necessary to look after the kid, and lots of misadventures ensue.

Playing the “villain” in this is self-obsessed arty director Carson Clay (Willem Dafoe), who wants to take an actress named Sabine (the super-cute Emma de Caunes, who has an Audrey Tautou quality) to the top.  Sabine eventually teams with Bean and Stepan for more mischief.

All of this culminates in a fairly funny finale, but you have to sit through a lot to get there.  It’s one of those movies that has a select audience, and it hopes to reach those select few and then go quietly to video.  In that regard, it’s a success.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: August 4, 2008, 6:48 am

mr bean je smje?an čovjek.Svi ga volimo gledati sa u?itkom.

Comment from MR.BEAN FAN
Time: August 15, 2008, 1:34 pm

Are you kidding me? It’s not annoying! It’s the best movie in the world! And no, it doesn’t seem like he’s going to die of exhaustion when he talks. What are you talking about? “You have to sit through a lot to get there” ?
The movie’s only 1 1/2 hrs. It doesn’t take that long to watch it!

Comment from luke
Time: October 23, 2008, 2:54 am

funny pichture man

Comment from Billy bob thornton
Time: November 6, 2008, 11:36 am


Comment from george
Time: November 9, 2008, 2:33 pm

Th15 15 th3 funn135 m0v13 ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment from 007enemy
Time: November 9, 2008, 2:35 pm

I had brusies on my stomach by the time i had finshed watching this. I would rate this movie 9/10 - it good but you can soon get bored of it.

Comment from kayitare sulayiman
Time: November 28, 2008, 3:57 pm

biko aye

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