Mr. Bean's Holiday Movie Review
Mr. Bean's Holiday, the sequel to the popular 1997 comedy Bean, arrives on DVD on Tuesday, and I hate to say it, but the time has finally come to retire our socially awkward friend. The movie is harmless, but those looking for genuine laughs should rent the old TV show.
Rowan Atkinson reprises the role that made him famous for hopefully the last time as Mr. Bean sets out across Europe to go on vacation in Cannes. After getting left behind at a train stop, however, he finds himself on the road with just a few Euros, a camcorder and a young Russian boy who has lost his father. I won't even start on what I would think if I saw a strange, nearly mentally disabled man leading a young boy of no relation around Europe, but since it's Mr. Bean, we'll assume innocence until proven guilty. Needless to say, Mr. Bean does get himself into a bunch of awkward situations and eventually becomes involved with an actress and a movie production.
Mr. Bean's Holiday has its moments, most notably a sequence where Mr. Bean and his young friend do an interpretive dance to make money, though those moments seem few and far between. The movie is good for a few chuckles, but beyond that, there's nothing here that you haven't seen done better in the television show. If Mr. Bean isn't making a fool of himself, he's messing something up, but feature length film has never been the appropriate medium for such a character. Like "Saturday Night Live" or most other comedic television transfers, the humor works best in small doses in short skits, and at an hour and a half, Mr. Bean's Holiday definitely isn't small or short. Furthermore, the situations in "Mr. Bean" were always basic and more down to earth, whereas here everything is on a grander scale and at times quite difficult to believe.
Again, there's nothing particularly wrong with the movie, other than that it isn't particularly funny and seems like a quick way to make some cash. If you're a big fan of Mr. Bean or want some harmless entertainment, you could do worse, but I'd rather watch a few of episodes of the original "Mr. Bean" rather than Mr. Bean's Holiday any day of the week.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.