Starring Rowan Atkinson, William Dafoe, Emma de Caunes, Jean Rochefort, Karen Roden, Max Baldry
$27.95 at Amazon.com
Reviewed by Meenu Gupta
I enjoyed every bit of this rollicking movie that stars Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean, whom I loved in the movie "Rat Race.” In a church raffle, he wins a trip to the French Riviera and a camcorder whose footage becomes a key element in the finale. Thanks to Mr. Bean, a Russian film director is left at the station as the Eurostar train pulls off with his son. Further mishaps follow as Mr. Bean and the son head south to the Cannes Film Festival.
The movie is great family entertainment, perfect for kids. I enjoyed Atkinson's funny acts as he forgets his money and passport at a pay phone, walks through the traffic mindless of the chaos, and reads his lucky draw ticket number upside down as 616 instead of 919. I also felt a personal connection to the movie, a nostalgia of my travel to Paris and my soujourn on the train from Gare de Lyon. .
The DVD extra features include several deleted scenes. In one of them, Mr. Beans faces language problem in a foreign land and tries to communicate by making gestures. They were funny but worth deleting. Commentaries feature Simon Mc Burney talking about the making of the movie and Max Baldry, Emma de Caunes, Steve Bendelack talking about Rowan Atkinson as a person, performer and co-star.
9 out of 10 binkies
Meenu Gupta is a reader, contributor and member of Mothering Heights. Her other works can be found at Indian Currents. She lives in California with her two year old son and husband.