Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5. USA, 2007. New Line Cinema, Michael Phillips Productions. Screen story by James V. Hart, Carol Skilken, Screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin, Toby Emmerich, based on the short story Mimsy Were The Borogoves by Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore. Cinematography by J. Michael Muro. Produced by Michael Phillips. Music by Howard Shore. Production Design by Barry Chusid. Costume Design by Karen L. Matthews. Film Editing by Alan Heim.
Two little children playing on the beach near their family’s vacation home are delighted when a mysterious box appears in the sand and turns out to be full of wonderful toys. The objects inside include a bunch of rocks, a strange futuristic generator, and a stuffed rabbit that turns out to be a messenger from the future. The children discover that these items were sent back in time to warn humans of an impending ecological doom that needs to be prevented, but naturally it all ends up being in the hands of the children since adults are never wont to listen to reason in these matters. Despite two adorable children in the lead, as well as strong performances by Joely Richardson as their mother and Rainn Wilson as their far-out science teacher, the film contains far too much message and not enough entertainment. The wonderful story, adapted from the short story ‘Mimzy Were The Borogoves’ by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore (both under the pseudonym Lewis Padgett), never really develops into the wondrous experience that it should. Still, it’s a very sweet film for children that contains nothing wholly unpleasant or nasty.