Mr. Beans Holiday
In his latest misadventure, Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) — 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?
This movie has some side-splitting moments. It was funnier than I anticipated which is always a nice surprise. Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) is a guy who just doesn’t get a lot of what is going on around him, which adds to the hysterics. He is also very uninhibited, dancing on a street corner in a hilarious fashion as an “act” to raise some funds when his money is left behind on a trip. He raises enough money to continue his journey which is a two-fold trip: he is attempting to reunite a boy with his father, after he was separated from him at the train station, and he wants to make it to the beach in France where he won a free expenses-paid vacation.
Bean’s inexperience shows when he unintentionally orders some sea food in a fine restaurant and, not enjoying some of it, hides it in a lady’s purse. This movie is a farce and Mr. Bean does grab a few things along the way which don’t belong to him, including a lady’s wrap he uses as hair as part of his “act.” He also calls a wrong number and a man, speaking in French, wants a sign from the caller (whom he thinks is his lover) to let him know she loves him. “Say something!” he demands. Mr. Bean simply hangs up and the man jumps from a bridge to water below. We never do see if he survived the suicide attempt or not.
There was no language in the film and a lot of laughs at the screening I attended. Several kids were present and they laughed right along with the adults. If you don’t take it all too seriously, you will be in for a fun hour and a half. We award our Dove Seal to this funny movie, which owes most of its humor to Atkinson as Mr. Bean. His slapstick and facial expressions make for a funny combination.