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"Breaking the fourth wall" has become tiresome in other movies, but here it takes on a completely different (literal) twist, as Martin Short stumbles through American and European movie history, looking for a way out.
Not all of the transitions work as smoothly (and funny) as that to the Titanic segment, but even in the show's weaker parts, it's still fun to recognize the movies and to watch Short (playing totally over-the-top) react to and interact with these situations.
As an aside-note, the original cut of this film included a segment from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which was later replaced by Hunt for Red October. I don't know why this was changed, but I thought the original scene was slightly more appealing.
Still, if you're planning a visit to Walt Disney Studios in Paris, don't miss this one!
Our guide on this journey is notable TV-actor Martin Short. His female counterpart is Julie Delpy, one of France's most famous actresses and an obvious choice as this is shown in Paris. This attraction film was done shortly before the second film of the "Before..."-trilogy and I dare say, she's easily one of the most stunning actresses of her generation. Such a delight to see her in all these famous character roles. Towards the end of the film, the two try to come together and Short, while looking for her, runs into extracts from some of the most famous movies in pop culture these days, such as "The Silence of the Lambs", "Toy Story", "Lord of the Rings" and of course "Star Wars".
Also included were "Avatar" and a few films shot after 2002, so it seems they constantly keep the film up-to-date, which is definitely a good thing. I believe I also caught a glimpse of Black Swan. In any case, if you get to Paris, this is definitely a must-see: a truly wonderful journey through everything that is so great about cinema.
On the technical side, the passage from one film to another is so well done that you won't believe that CinéMagique is mostly a collage of classics. Thanks to "Forrest Gump-like" special effects, the main characters are perfectly fitted into each scene. Julie Delpy and Martin Short are both perfect for their roles and add a little more "magic" to the entire story.
At the end of a short pre-movie introduction, a Disneyland crew member reminds members of the audience to switch off their mobile phones during the performance, but despite this timely reminder, a loud ring tone can be heard only a few minutes into the film, the inconsiderate owner of the phone answering the call and proceeding to hold a loud conversation about his lost luggage. He gets his comeuppance, however, when the on-screen actors become annoyed at his behaviour and magically whisk him into their cinematic realm.
Having broken the 'fourth wall', the man (now played by Martin Short) wanders perilously through a variety of cinema classics, pursued by a beautiful silent-movie actress (Julie Delpy) who has fallen in love with him (only in a movie!), resulting in much hilarity.
While razor-sharp editing and fancy visual special effects ensure the seamless integration of Martin Short's character into the great selection of timeless movie moments, the specially equipped theatre throws a few additional surprises at the audience to ensure maximum enjoyment.
They did not warn us about this on the way in and my husband had to take our one year old daughter out of the theatre as she was hysterical. (It may have said something on the door but we kind of rushed in there) Great for us big kids though : )
I would definitely recommend this, make sure you stay on the ball to spot all the movie references. Some of it is in French (the lead female is a french actress), but you get the gist of what is being said and the plot is easy to follow.
It has that magic that you would expect from Disney and Short is his usual dorky but funny self. The french actress who plays his love interest is stunning and although she speaks in french she translates well through emotion. I was also pleased to see a cameo from Alan Cumming who plays the mystical wizard with real flair.
There are also movie clips aplenty in this film and you will find yourself walking out of the huge cinema thinking 'I really must dig that movie out and watch it again when I get home'.
You really feel like you are part of the movie despite the fact that this is not 3D. I can't give the game away by telling you how they do this but believe me you will be talking about this long after your holiday!!
The show starts as you sit in a darkened auditorium. A silent movie starts only to be interrupted by a mobile 'phone ringing. I must admit that I was totally taken in by this and got really mad when the guy gets up and starts talking to the caller about his lost luggage!
It becomes clear that the characters in the movie are aware of the man and with a pointing finger and a flash of pyrotechnics, the man is transported into the world of the movie. We see that the guy is, in fact, Martin Short.
What prevails is a chase through various well known movies from classic silent black and white movies to talkies and then colour. Martin Short is cleverly integrated using new footage and "Forrest Gump" style effects.
If you go to Disneyland Paris, be sure to check it out!