Today’s rendition of Flashback Review is Mr. Magoo. Before I begin the review, let’s start with a history lesson about animated cartoon shows turning into live action adaptations.
In the 90’s, Universal Pictures released a live action film called “The Flinstones, based on the beloved cartoon, it made a enough money at the box office, but it was critically flopped by fans & critics. I think this is the film that would continue to spark a trend involving these type of films based on an animated series.
The films that follow this trend is called, T.F.E. also known as “The Flintstones Effect.”
Other films suffering from this effect including Casper, George Of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Garfield, Fat Albert, Alvin & The Chipmunks & the last one to put the final nail in the coffin is the Transformers series. None of these movies were a critical success & Hollywood hasn’t learned from their mistakes.
Before Jem & The Holograms got pulled from movie theaters after two weeks of its release date, Mr. Magoo was released in 1997 as the first causality as a box office failure. The reason why it got booted out in the first place, is due to it’s comedic portrayal of people with blindness.I think it’s absolutely bogus because Mr. Magoo isn’t blind, he’s nearsighted. It’s a stupid way to ban a movie from a theater. How did Michael Bay get away with the racist portrayal of the twins from the second Transformers movie? Care to explain why protestors who’ve ban Mr. Magoo? Enough of the chit chat. Time to share my opinion on Mr. Magoo, but first the flaws of this film.
The review contains big SPOILERS. If you have never seen this movie, read at your own risk. I’ll try my best not to steal Nostalgia Critic’s review and jokes that he already did in his review for Mr. Magoo.
Positive: Leslie Nielsen (The Naken Gun, Airplane!) as the titular character, rarely gave me laughs. Sadly, he never realized why he never made sure to double check on the screenplay.
Magoo’s car resembling an eggplant, looks hilariously ridiculous but cool at the same time. Where can I get one?
The song, “I Can See Clearly Now” plays in the background when Magoo is driving away. I thought it was funny.
Negative: The bad guys in the movie are very incompetent along with bumbling cops. This makes any James Bond villain less idiotic.
Lack of a variety of humor. The joke involving Mr. Magoo as a nearsighted individual, gets old pretty fast like a merry-go-round playing nonstop, because it keeps going & going & going & going & going FOREVER!!!!!!!!!
A character has a code name, “The Black Widow,” Marvel shoulda sued the film for trademark infringement. Oh wait, Disney already owns the rights to Marvel!
Magoo never notice the T.V. changed stations. He has ears & he literally does what the following stations tell him to do while cooking a turkey. It’s called using your ears not eyes!
How the heck did Mr. Magoo managed to apply a tattoo on his chest? Remember he can’t perfectly see well? He’s not Marvel’s Daredevil who can somehow see from echolocation.
Jennifer Garner appears in this film in a ridiculous lookin’ outfit that will probably offend people from India.
A baboon in this movie looks obviously fake. This makes Tim Burton’s Planet Of The Apes remake have better ape costumes worthy enough to earn an Oscar.
Blue screen effect looks fake during the waterfall scene. James Cameron’s Special Effects from Titanic is far more realistic than this!
Malcolm McDowell only has two scenes. For Big Pete’s Sake Malcolm, you’re Alex from A Clockwork Orange, plus you had more screen time as the bad guy in Tank Girl! Please show some respect for us movie goers!
Final Verdict: F, FOR FAKER!
In my opinion, Mr. Magoo is an epic failure for Disney as one of the worst live action movies next to Inspector Gadget! If you have kids, they’re probably gonna love this movie, but when they grow up as adults, they’re gonna regret watching this. Don’t waste your precious time on this god awful waste of a picture! Mr. Magoo belongs in rhino poop!
P.S. T.F.E. “The Flintstones Effect” is a term I’ve coined, so don’t even think about stealing that acronym. It should be copyrighted.