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The Last Mimzy

2007-06-04 14:34
What it’s about:

Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box full of toys, including bunny doll that communicates telepathically. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find an important and heroic mission ahead of them.

What we thought of it:

Some of the most enjoyable kids’ movies spring from childhood fantasies. Being on holiday. Having perfect parents. Finding a box of magical toys. Animals and dolls that talk. Gaining special powers - in particular the power to fly. Being very clever or good at sport or riding a magnificent horse.

Apart from the horse, The Last Mimzy's got it all, complete with a talking toy rabbit named Mimzy as the centrepiece. Expect to see the merchandise on the shelves in time for Christmas. It's also got the usual product placements like an Intel logo in a super-advanced computer, and a telekinetic can of Sprite.

Luckily the excellent script, seeded with jokes and plotlines that seem designed to pacify long-suffering parents forced to watch through the hail of pop-corn and the mist of kiddy farts. The father-child moments are truly touching and the siblings really seem speak to each other instead of just mugging cutely for the camera. Rhiannon Leigh Wryn is going to be a big star if this performance is anything to go by.

Unfortunately the most dramatic moments rely on special effects to be believable, and the effects here are over the top. They're fun enough, but the kind of human drama that holds any good movie together (no matter whom its made for) is swamped by the flashes and digital noises. The kid talking to the bunny doll works well. The disco lights will always be tacky.

So it goes, from gripping and magical to a less transporting story with a very predictable happy ending. The Last Mimzy is definitely above average. With a bit more restraint, it could have been exceptional.

- Jean Barker
It's not the E.T. of the 2000s, but The Last Mimzy is a believable enough sci-fi flick for kids.


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