I can't believe I haven't talked about this movie earlier.
This is a movie that needs and fully deserves to be a household name! I saw this movie many years ago, and found it had an incredible charm and lovely atmosphere, with very good characters, and even more surprising some truly heavy issues for a kid's movie. Molly played in my opinion incredibly by Natalie Portman, works at a toy store run by the quirky and quite frankly lovable Mr. Magorium played by Dustin Hoffman who brushes off such magic and love that the store is literally alive. But all is not well and Molly soon has to come to terms with well, life. And that's the most amazing thing about this movie besides it's incredible fun atmosphere and just feel good nature, the surprisingly deep and challenging things you have to face in life. The death of a loved one, to have faith in yourself and your abilities fully, to balance being an adult and yet still doing things you love. And they don't just bring it up once and leave it at that, no these are central themes of the movie! But it looks like a colorful, fun, and completely nonthreatning and nonchallenging movie. Well this is yet another example of an incredible and amazing kid's film, because some people get the fact that this is a movie little kids will see and it can address and answer some of their questions. Other people are making movies like Show Dogs. One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn't belong. And thank God for these people who make outstanding media for kids, you do more for shaping future generations than you can even imagine. You can educate, inspire, enlighten, and of course entertain children and give them something to take with them for all of their life. This is one of those movies without a doubt in my mind. It's a wonderful, lovely, great movie with excellent acting, good issues to teach your kid, and can leave a great impression on them. It can teach them to be creative, have a love for joy and to have fun in their own way, appreciate life and happiness, and to an aging adult that is something to remember.