Release year: 1997
Director: Mel Smith
Screenwriter: Richard Curtis, Robin Driscoll, based on the character by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson
Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Peter MacNicol, John Mills, Pamela Reed, Harris Yulin, Burt Reynolds, Abdrew Lawrence, Tricia Vessey
A Los Angeles museum needs an expert to overlook the arrival of a highly valuable painting and requests help from the British Royal national Gallery. To get rid of him, the gallery sends the clumsy caretaker Bean (Atkinson) to do the job, a job he is far from qualified for.
Atkinson’s (Johnny English, 2003) well-meaning but clumsy and goofy Mr. Bean character is undoubtedly his most famous one and the one that made him a star. Considering the repeated formula and limited speech, it seems making a full-length movie about the almost alien-like Bean is near impossible, but Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, 1994) has actually done a great job creating a story with enough flesh for a feature film without loosing what makes Bean special. Of course, Atkinson has a great part of the success. When it comes to physical comedy the British actor is hard to top and he must know the character so well by now, that you imagine stepping into character has been easy and it shows in the effortless way he breezes through the movie speaking mainly with body language and his magic rubber face. MacNicol (Sophie’s Choice, 1982) is good in one of his few feature film roles and Reynolds (Smokey and the Bandit, 1977) adds some star dust, but this is and remains Atkinson’s movie.
Fans of the TV series Mr. bean will recognize several skits which are reused in the movie.
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