Review of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

Movies with heart don't come along every day. But when they do.... they remind you why you love movies in the first place.

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is not a contrived, simple, or purely entertaining piece of film. Suitable for all ages, and perfect for those children who are starting the ask the "big" questions in life, adults will find it engaging as well as educational.

Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman) is over 200 years old, and is destined to leave this life and his magical toy shop behind. With Molly (Natalie Portman) chosen to carry on his legacy, things seem to be headed for the perfect ending. Things are not as sweet as they seem, however, as the toy shop begins to mourn Mr. Magorium's departure, and Molly is crushed to learn that his time will come sooner than she thought.

Heavy topics such as life, death, and all the magical stuff in-between will be portrayed with whimsical charm and a soft heart, making it the perfect opportunity for children and parents to discuss their views on death and the afterlife. A little sad, and a lot of sweet, viewers will enjoy this fresh film with wonderful character development and a tender performance by Jason Bateman. (And did you catch the adorable little Sock Monkey?)

Our favorite line from the movie? When Molly asks her mentor, "Are you dying?" Magorium points out, "Light bulbs die, my dear. I am departing." Wonderfully said, Mr. Magorium.