Review: Mr. Bean’s Holiday

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Hi there…

The other movie we saw over the weekend was Mr. Bean’s Holiday, the latest Rowan Atkinson movie starring his lovably wacky character Mr. Bean.

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0453451/

This is family fare at its finest – we even took our 6 and 2 year old daughters. The 2 year old made it through all but the last 15 minutes, which is a milestone for her. And she liked it!

[rating:4/4]

The story is simple… Mr Bean wins a trip to Cannes from London and has quite the adventure getting there. He encounters a father early on, who misses a train because of Bean‘s asking him to video him getting onto the train — and his son is on the train when he misses it. Mr Bean does his best to get the son back to his father and along the way meets Sabine, a lovely French actress. Mr Bean’s childlike innocence and need to make things right gets him in and out of an assortment of troubles. I won’t spoil it. 🙂

Suffice it to say that if you like British humor (like Mr Bean, Black Adder, or Monty Python) you will probably like this film. It was quite humorous and Atkinson again proves that he is a master of physical comedy that transcends language and nationality. Hard not to giggle at his antics. 🙂

What was the funniest scene? Mr Bean attempted to make some money (after losing his wallet) by “performing” to music in a marketplace. When it becomes an opera, Atkinson really shines, eventually drawing the applause and admiration of the market-goers, and getting him and the boy enough money to get on a bus to Cannes (of course that doesn’t work out either…).

I think I liked this one more than the first Mr Bean movie from a few years ago. This one captures the spirit of the Mr Bean sketches and Atkinson’s brilliance.

Definite 4 out of 4 stars for this one. And at its 87 minute running time, it’s worth the giggle. 🙂

Until next time…
–Fitz

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