Lewis Padgett's 1940's science fiction short story 'Mimzy were the Borogroves' a title that comes from the works of Lewis Carroll, is here made into a feature film. The story sees children find strange artefacts and a stuffed toy rabbit that can seemingly communicate with one and which give them special abilities. All with a certain purpose seemingly in mind.
The film takes the ideas of the original and puts it in a present day setting. It also cuts out a subplot involving Alice Liddell, but it doesn't entirely expunge that as she is referenced.
Noah and Emma are two ordinary children, and both aren't the kind who really stand out in their class. Their dad loves his family but works a bit too much, and their mother takes them on a trip to the family beach house. Where they find the aforementioned items.
Their abilities develop as a result. Much to the surprise of their parents and Noah's science teacher.
A short prologue scene tells us that these objects have been sent back from the future by a scientist with a special aim in mind. But it's up to Noah and Emma to find what that is. And to keep hold of Mimzy. And keep grown ups from interfering too much, despite their best intentions.
This is not an action movie. It's not a special effects extravaganza. And it's not a story of precious kids outsmarting clueless adults. There are obvious metaphors about children growing up and how parents have to get to used to that. And also about eastern mysticism and hints of greater purpose to the universe. But it never throws that in your face, just leaves you to make your own mind up on the matter.
A certain amount of jeopardy arrives when the FBI get in on the case, but even then it doesn't become an action or a chase movie. It just leads to a nice, slightly bitter sweet, but hopeful conclusion.
The two lead child actors are pretty good and play their roles very intelligently, and they get able support from all the adults around them, especially when they have to portray the kind of reactions parents would have in a situation like this.
Not a classic movie, but a nice little film and one the whole family can quite easily watch together.
The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
All the usual deleted scenes and making of features are accessed via a feature called take a look, which when turned will allow you to access such things at the relevant points during the film. All of these features and extra scenes are no more than a few minutes long.
There's a commentary from the director.
Six short featurettes, all running from three to six minutes approx, that look at some of the science and literature mentioned in the film,.
And production information subtitles that give you more information about the prodution whilst watching it, should you turn them on.
Plus trailers for four other family films.
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