Mr. Bean's Holiday
Disaster has a passport.
Mr. Bean wins a trip to Cannes where he unwittingly separates a young boy from his father and must help the two come back together. On the way he discovers France, bicycling, and true love, among other things
Ah Mr. Bean! It has been a while hasn't it?
The movie takes a long time to begin with to get to the meat of the story. I felt the beginning tried a bit too much to make me feel nostalgic about the old Mr. Bean series with some jokes seemingly lifted from old gags and updated to the setting of the movie. It was still exceptionally funny though.
Once it gets going however, we get a really great story with additional characters that has you caring. Willem Dafoe is absolutely hilarious in this.
The movie has very little dialogue compared to other movies, because of a lot of language barrier problems for Mr. Bean but I think that helps sell the feel and heart of Mr. Bean, and proves to make a lot of misunderstandings and funny action better.
The story is as thin as they come, but if you liked the series, you should enjoy this movie to some extent. Several sequences had me chuckling, and I really loved the climactic Cannes sequence and anything to do with Willem Dafoe's pretentious filmmaker Carson Clay. Atkinson, as ever, proves himself a master of both verbal and physical comedy.
I watched a half hour. I could not get further than that. I, Steven, watcher of shit films and lover of the plain terrible, could not make it past a half hour in Mr. Bean's Holiday.
We are used to Mr. Bean being something of a dipshit and jerk. He is not a nice character nor a smart character. He is all the wrong qualities come together in a human being to make something completely useless in our society. This, everyone, is nothing new.
What is new, however, is making Mr. Bean legitimately unlikable. When Mr. Bean's stupidity results in this little boy being rendered alone and largely without aid, he shifts from somewhat infuriating to just a terrible person.…
I will say it: I love this movie to death. It's the modern equivalent to Chaplin. And Willem Dafoe's indie film mocking cameo is perfectly hilarious.
Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand"
Subscribe though it might to the all-too-prevalent tendency for British sitcoms to send their characters on vacation in big-screen outings, Mr. Bean’s Holiday finds a good deal more success than most of its forebears. Perhaps it’s due to the same internationality that made the television show such a worldwide hit; emulating Jacques Tati with no uncertain debt, Rowan Atkinson makes of Bean a bumbling buffoon who’s nonetheless extremely endearing as he shuffles his way across France having won a trip to Cannes. Amid an admittedly trying quantity of camera mugging from Atkinson, the film does have a satirical slap or two to offer, cheekily poking fun at the moviemaking establishment, no better than through the delightful work of Willem Dafoe as a self-important art house director. This is very mild comedy with nothing lofty to aim for, but it hits its marks consistently and keeps the laughs coming.
41. Muy divertida. Creo que no había elaborado un juicio sobre Mr. Bean. Soy fan.
Puedes hacer el desmadre que quieras, pero si tu película tiene un punto y lo sabes explotar puedes hacer una gran cosa.
"France. A country of culture, beauty and peace. It's always been the perfect place to take a holiday. Until now. [Mr Bean steps out of a train]"
This was watched when I was sick, when I needed something particularly brainless to entertain me. I love Mr.Bean and Mr.Bean-type characters (Monsieur Hulot, Pee-Wee Herman), so this should have been a good fit.
As you can probably tell from the tone of this (and the star-rating), it wasn't. It's messy, unpolished and too brainless for me even when I was ill. It doesn't help that it does have enough gags and spark to remind you of the much better Mr.Bean show, or countless other better films. Disappointing.
Mr. Bean is funny as always, but it still works best in episode format.
Cultural stereotypes are still funny.
I found the first twenty minutes rather amusing, but unfortunately it went downhill. I enjoyed it more as an 11 year old...