In Need of a Long Holiday
At a church benefit to raise money to repair a leaking roof Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins the star prize which is a holiday to France. Of course Mr. Bean going on holiday is not straight forwards and he ends up lost, losing his money, passport and luggage and causing chaos where ever he goes. He also ends up meeting a young boy who thanks to Mr. Bean has become separated from his father and Mr. Bean even manages to lose him whilst ending up walking on to the film set of a commercial and getting on the nerves of the American director.
Years ago I was sitting with my family when a TV show with Mr. Bean came on and we all sat there wondering what the heck we were watching as the rubber faced antics of Rowan Atkinson were not making us laugh. Ever since then I have gone out of my way to avoid watching anything which featured Mr. Bean as in truth the character and the imbecilic comedy of Mr. Bean annoyed me but after probably two decades I though I had better give Mr. Bean a go again. My opinion hasn't changed and after watching "Mr. Bean's Holiday" I know that Atkinson's rubber faced creation is not for me.
The thing is that there is not a great deal to "Mr. Bean's Holiday"; the rubber faced fool ends up in France and causing chaos where ever he goes be it causing a waiter to drop a gateau or causing a father to miss the train which his son is on. Of course Mr. Bean suffers a few accidents of his own and he manages to lose his passport and money whilst trying to do a good turn because of course at heart Mr. Bean is a nice guy. The trouble is that after 5 minutes of chaos and accidents all we get is more of the same and you really need to be a fan of Atkinson and his rubber faced antics to keep on watching especially with all the mindless mumbling his character does. In the entire movie there was just one scene which grabbed my attention and that is only because it featured the song "O Mio Babbino Caro".
What this all boils down to is that "Mr. Bean's Holiday" like I expected was not for me and from start to finish was a slog. But admittedly I have never been a fan and maybe those who were introduced to the antics of Mr. Bean as young children might enjoy it more.