01/03/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
region 2 DVD: pub: Entertainment In Video/New Line Cinema EDV 9489. 1 DVD 92 minute film with extras. Price: about £ 2.00 (UK) if you know where to look) stars: Chris O'Neill, Rhiannon Leigh Wryn, Timothy Hutton, Patrick Gilmore, Joely Richardson and Michael Clarke Duncan
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I reviewed the re-release of the Henry Knutter anthology 'The Last Mimzy Stories' which obviously contained the story, 'Mimsy Were The Borogroves' that this film was based on a couple years back. It should be pointed out that Knutter wrote the story with his wife, C.L. Moore, under the pseudonym Lewis Padgett, for those puzzled with the source credit in the film intro. These two writers were so prolific that they had to use pen-names to ease the editors' problem of how to keep using their fine material.
I also have to confess that I've been waiting to see 'The Last Mimzy' to appear in the local supermarket but nary a sign there and when it came up in the Net sales recently decided I ought to watch it. I'm glad I did. What a beautiful film.
In the far future, an emotional sterile people are sending boxes of their toys into the past to find children for a special purpose. However, supplies are running out and this is the final box. This one arrives in the surf where the Wilder family are spending their summer vacation. Noah and Emma are average kids who became intensely stimulated by the toys. Mimzy is an apparent soft toy rabbit that speaks to Emma and explains how some of the toys work. Their mother sees one of the toys, but to her it is just a small slab of granite.
When they return home to Seattle, one of the toys causes an enormous power drain blacking out the city and draws the attention of an FBI unit to find out what is going on. Eventually, they track down the family and take them into custody as they try to understand the toys. Mimzy is dying and Emma and Noah return to the vacation home where part of one of the toys is left and get all the toys working together to return them to the future.
I've left a lot of detail out of this synopsis but a lot of it could be construed as spoiler. Certain elements of this story reflect the old problem of many such stories of misunderstanding American parents who'd rather throw something out than making sense of what is going on. The same is true of the FBI unit although here, they'd obviously seen 'E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial' film and once some aspects that they are dealing with like an innocent family is accepted becomes a little less heavy-handed. I suspect Intel were happy to know that they're technology is still working and advanced in the future.
What makes 'The Last Mimzy' work is it's got heart and doesn't talk down to its audience. Your kids will love it. You will love it. I'd love to own the rabbit. To be honest, wouldn't any of you out there want to own those incredible toys? A great version of the original story and I didn't think I would be saying that.
The extras supplied background and explains a lot of the things the children do that I'm sure that any of your sprogs will use to try out for themselves although I still think a Mandala would make more sense if it was created in three dimensions but then again, I am a patternist.
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