Mr. Bean's Holiday (2007)

Genre(s): Comedy / Family
Universal || G - 90 minutes - $29.98 || November 27, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-11-24


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Steve Bendelack
Writer(s): Simon McBurney (story), Hamish McColl and Robin Driscoll (screenplay); Rowan Atkinson and Robin Driscoll (characters)
Cast: Rowan Atkinson, Emma de Caunes, Willem Dafoe, Max Baldry, Karel Roden


Theatrical Release Date: August 24, 2007


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • French Beans
  • Beans in Cannes
  • The Human Bean


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

IMAGE

ďMr. BeanĒ, the popular British series that aired from 1990-95, is easily one of my favorite comedies of all-time, yes, all-time. Itís simple and a wonderful callback to the silent film era when comedy was physical and didnít resort to gross-out humor (not that thereís anything wrong with that). 1997 brought the oblivious character to the big screen in Bean, co-starring Peter MacNicol as Bean wrecked his havoc Stateside. Yeah, it was a funny movie but didnít come close to capturing the magic of the TV series. Now, for some reason, 10 years later heís back in Mr. Beanís Holiday.

This go around, Bean wins a trip to France and a camcorder to record his adventures with. Of course, nothing goes smoothly for Bean as he must contend with a different culture while still falling into his clumsy routine which includes accidentally separating a father (Roden) from his son, Stepan (Baldry), on their way to Cannes. So what was a simple trip to the beach turns into a road trip for Bean and Stepan who also meet and befriend a beautiful French actress named Sabine (Caunes). Sabine is also going to Cannes to see her first big role in a film directed by egotist Carson Clay (Dafoe).

Holiday certainly has its moments. At times it is funny and director Steve Bendelack (ďThe League of GentlemenĒ) makes use of the striking French landscape but at the same time, when the jokes arenít funny, the movie falls flat and dull. However, even going on 17 since his characterís arrival, Rowan Atkinson still possesses great comic timing and you canít help but the like the guy despite how much of, for a lack of a better word, an a-hole his character is. Bean is just an endearing character no matter what he does.

Willem Dafoe makes short appearance as a self-involved director releasing an equally self-involving movie at Cannes. Emma de Caunes is a beautiful actress and is hinted as a potential love interest for Bean, though they donít take it beyond friendship so it never really flourishes.

The movie is less than 90-minutes long so it works as semi-satisfying escapism entertainment but beyond that, itís hard for me to say itís worth picking up. It is rated ĎGí so the entire family can watch without worrying about language or sexual content so this is a rare live action film that is fine for everyone.

In the end, Mr. Beanís Holiday is a ridiculous movie that borders on weird but then comes back to a charming character and great comic acting from Atkinson.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Universal didnít provide much with this release. Including a commentary with Atkinson wouldíve been nice...

Deleted Scenes (23:48) Ė A collection of deleted footage is included here, most of which I guess would be considered deleted skits. There was one that was odd with Sabine arguing about something, getting out of the car and standing in the middle of the road waiting to get hit by a car. Problem is, they failed to include subtitles so I have no idea what she was saying. Of course, maybe that was the point so who knows. The rest arenít anything noteworthy, though.

French Beans (11:15) Ė A making-of featurette that explains why the filmmakers decided to set the movie in France as it would play on Beanís lack of communication better and provide more comedy. Ho-hum.

Beans in Cannes (5:40) - Pretty self-explanatory where we get an inside glimpse of the production filming in Cannes and during their famous movie festival. The only thing of interest to me was seeing how it was done using green screen and only a relatively small number of extras. Still, ho-hum again.

The Human Bean (6:05) Ė More of a tribute piece for Rowan Atkinson, seeing his character come to life and the silent film era style of physical comedy that you never see today. Itís nice seeing Atkinson outside of his Bean character but still, this is nothing overly fascinating either. Ho-frickin-hum.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

IMAGE

The movie is presented in anamorphic widescreen, 1.85 OAR, though beware there is a full screen edition available so if you do plan on picking this up, pay attention to the front cover. The picture looks fine, itís not overly vibrant and for a comedy they show off France well enough, but still nothing impressive.

A standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track is provided which is just fine for this genre. No complaints. A French track is also available along with English, French and Spanish subtitles.



.::OVERALL::.

Mr. Beanís Holiday is a funny enough movie but certainly not nearly on the same level of the ďMr. BeanĒ television show. Being rated G, this is a good movie for the entire family, however Iíd say the max age is 10 otherwise itíd probably be considered ďlameĒ or whatever the word kids are using nowadays. Personally, I laughed a few times but not enough to say itís worth a purchase. Rental, for sure but I have a hard time thinking this has to be in oneís collection.