Fans of Rowan Atkinson's British Bean television series seem less happy with the comic's
turn in the movie Bean than novitiates to the cult of individual comedy style. Bean
is an often hilarious comic characterization. Atkinson's physical comedy as the hapless museum
security guard borders on insanity. What seems amazing is that through the thin story, Bean
has a consistency of outlook. You can feel that Bean will never change, and why should he,
since he is perfectly satisfied with himself. Hell, Bean's a problem solver par
So, here's the set-up. A British museum can't find a way to fire a
maddening security guard so they decide to get rid of him for a couple of months by having him
accompany the recently sold Whistler's Mother to America. On arrival in L.A., Bean is assumed to be
an imminent art expert. Embraced by the museum's curator and even taken into his home as a guest, Bean
proves more than any museum can handle. And poor Whistler's Mother; it's virtually matricide.
There are several comic
episodes crazy enough to bring tears to your eyes. Atkinson's rubber face and wild eyes adapt
to any situation. The best moments are inspired. There are plenty of lesser titters and some
questionable taste, but for lovers of broad comedy, Bean's jumpin'.
A very bright transfer makes for a fine looking DVD. The colors are rich
and intense. The widescreen 1.85 film is consistently very sharp. The picture packs big screen
pizzazz. No evident NTSC or MPEG artifacts mar the presentation. The sound is bold and aggressive.
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