what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
The story, direction, characters, and writing/dialogue is akin to taking a tranquilizer shot to the neck, but everything else was so well done.
I've seen two, maybe three episodes of "Mr. Bean", so I'm certainly not a fan. This movie features Mr. Bean going on holiday to France. I admit that I'll probably never get used to that "on holiday" term. I'm just not British! This film was just alright for me. I wish that it had focused more on comedy and was less serious.I do like the actors in this movie. It's just that there really isn't anything too special about this film. There's so much better and worse stuff out there. I do really like the ending however, when it all comes together and it's pleasant enough. It's completely harmless with nothing offensive at all. It's just not enough to recommend. **1/2
The reason I score Mr. Bean's Holiday so low is because the story is just not good enough to keep you interested for the entire movie. And beside the occasional good laughing scene most of the other scenes are just things we saw before. Those things used to be funny when you see them for the first time but after seeing them over and over you get a bit bored by it. Rowan Atkinson as bean is mostly know for his crazy mimics. Dialogues you won't get, ever, and that's fine, because that's how Bean works. But too much of the same isn't good either. Plus the fact that they show this movie over and over here is also a thing that doesn't make me rate it higher. I do laugh every now and then with Bean but if I had to chose then I would just watch Blackadder again. There you can see Rowan Atkinson at his best. If you never saw any Bean movie then you will probably enjoy the absurd humor and mimics in Mr.Bean's Holiday. Otherwise you probably will get bored like me after a while.
Coming out ten years after the original Bean feature film a lot of water has passed under a lot of bridges , so much so that you may have forgotten just how successful the original film was . If it was a case of milking cash cows then in the preceding ten years we might have had five sequels within in that time . That said it's pretty obvious that Atkinson , Curtiss and co haven't been spending ten years developing this screenplay but it's functional . The problem is that comedy isn't a natural genre for feature length hence we get a rather episodic choppy feel to this film as Mr Bean takes a trip to the French Riviera and finds himself caught up in a loosely plotted story that eventually sees him end up at the Cannes film festival . The jokes come thick and fast and are very hit and miss but I often found myself smiling at the situations even though I was more than capable of working out what the pay off to the jokes were going to be . The highlight of the film is Willem Dafoe as Carson Clay , an egocentric and pretentious film maker and perhaps with hindsight we could have seen a bit more of his feature film " Without you I am nothing , nothing , nothing . Everday I'm reminded of my life without you , Empty , there is nothing , nothing , nothing " Hardly a classic piece of comedy cinema MR BEAN'S HOLIDAY is engaging enough to pass the time
n his latest misadventure, Mr. Bean-the nearly wordless misfit who seems to be followed by a trail of pratfalls and hijinks-goes on holiday to the French Riviera and becomes ensnared in a European adventure of cinematic proportions. Tired of the dreary, wet London weather, Bean packs up his suitcase and camcorder to head to Cannes for some sun on the beach. Ah...vacation. But his trip doesn't go as smoothly as he had hoped when the bumbling Bean falls face first into a series of mishaps and fortunate coincidences, far-fetched enough to make his own avant-garde film. Wrongly thought to be both kidnapper and acclaimed filmmaker, he has some serious explaining to do after wreaking havoc across the French countryside and arriving at his vacation spot with a Romanian filmmaker's precocious son and an aspiring actress in tow. Will Bean be arrested by the gendarmes or end up winning the Palme d'Or? It's all caught on camera as Atkinson again applies his awkward athleticism to a comedy of errors in Mr. Bean's Holiday. Parents need to know that kids are sure to giggle at Mr. Bean's ridiculous mugging and all of this comic farce's falls, accidents, and treacherous near-misses. Although the movie doesn't have much dialogue (you don't really need it to keep up with Bean's broad humor), what little there is, is mostly in subtitled French (or Russian), which could be tricky for kids who aren't yet proficient readers. And a few moments could be scary (a faux military attack on a quiet village, for instance) if kids aren't good at distinguishing real from imaginary.