Never before has our “That Was Way Harsh, Tai” tag seemed more appropriate.
As you may remember, last week’s penultimate episode of Breaking Bad found Walt relocated to a remote, spartan New Hampshire cabin. One of his hideout’s few sources of entertainment was a TV set only good for playing DVDs — and the cabin’s film collection left much to be desired.
Its highlight: Two copies of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, a movie rewarded with a solid F by EW’s Owen Gleiberman upon its 2007 release. (Sample line: “Mr. Magorium, who is 243 years old (so are his jokes), is a cross between Willy Wonka and Geppetto, but [Dustin] Hoffman plays him with little more than a goofy dumb lisp, achieved by tucking his lower lip under his upper teeth, so that he looks just as rabbity-stoopid as he sounds.”)
Here’s the real punchline, though: You know who else hates Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium? Screenwriter Zach Helm — who doubles as the creator and director of Mr. Magorium himself.