Mr. Magoo (1997)


“[Discussing a jewel thief] No one has ever been able to finger her. ” – Agent Chuck Stupak

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Mar 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A millionaire with vision impairment issues tries to stop jewel thieves from stealing a priceless stone.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Leslie Nielsen and his slapstick comedy routines in many famous films of the 1980’s.

Having seen many Mr. Magoo cartoons in my youth, I was intrigued as to how they could translate it to a live action screen version.

The choice of Nielsen as this iconic character is perfect and I was looking forward to seeing how it would work out.

Ultimately, this is a really silly and stupid film that does have a few funny scenes yet overall just doesn’t work.

The film’s biggest problem is its run time which despite being slightly under 90 minutes, it still feels too long.

The antics and slapstick of this film could work for maybe 30 minutes, but it feels much too repetitive here.

The film starts off funny but after about 10 minutes, it no longer feels as impactful and original as it did beforehand which is quite problematic.

The story is completely absurd and off the wall but much of the slapstick still has its moments regardless especially due to the way that Nielsen depicts this character.

Bottom Line – Silly and stupid film that has a few laugh out loud moments, but is overall a complete dud. Nielsen is perfectly cast in this film but even at slightly less than 90 minutes, the story is far too long and loses any of it’s impact within the first ten minutes because it gets to be too repetitive along the way.  The slapstick is done quite well even if things are completely unbelievable and off the wall the entire time. This would have been so much better if it had been much shorter.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was rushed to video, due to bad reviews and protests by blind people and their advocates at theaters across the U.S. Disney attempted to deflect by including a disclaimer at the end that argued that the film was not intended as an accurate portrayal of the visually-impaired, which critic Roger Ebert sarcastically proclaimed was the only funny moment in the whole movie. The British Federation of the Blind petitioned the British Board of Film Classification to ban the movie in the UK, claiming it would “bring ridicule upon blind, and partially sighted people”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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