The film starts off with a man running from a Giganotosaurus, the man who is possibly Max Anderson. As the dinosaur pursues him, he comes to a fissure. He tries to jump over, but fails, and falls.
Trevor Anderson (Brendan Fraser) is a Bostonian volcanologist whose 13-year-old nephew, Sean (Josh Hutcherson), is supposed to spend ten days with him. When Sean’s mother drops him off, she leaves Trevor with a box of items that belonged to Max, Trevor’s brother and Sean’s father, who disappeared 10 years before. Sean suddenly takes interest in what Trevor has to say after he tells him about his father, whom he never really had a chance to know. Among the items in the box is the novel A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. Inside the book, Trevor finds notes written by his late brother. At Trevor’s laboratory, the two learn there is a new dot on his radar device on Snæfell, an extinct volcano in Iceland. Trevor goes to Iceland to investigate, and Sean goes with him.
They start by looking for another volcanologist named Sigurbjörn Ásgeirsson and instead find his daughter Hannah Ásgeirsson, the scientist having died years earlier. It turns out that he and Trevor’s brother Max were Vernians, a small group who believe the works of Jules Verne to be fact. Hannah offers to help them climb up to the radar device.
While hiking the mountain, a lightning storm forces the three into a cave that collapses, leaving them trapped. They find it is an abandoned mine. They venture further into the mine, eventually reaching the bottom of a volcanic tube which is full of precious gems. As they are admiring the gems they realize the floor they’re standing on is actually muscovite, a very thin layer of rock formation. The muscovite breaks, and the group falls through the volcanic tube towards the center of the earth, surviving only because the volcanic tube eventually turns into something like a “water slide” which drops them into a lake. There, they find that the center of the Earth is actually another world contained within the Earth.
The group continues seeking a way back to the surface. Along the way, they find evidence that someone was there 100 years previous. Trevor remarks that the instruments found are Lindenbrook’s (a character from the book), hinting that his views of the events of the book being real are changing. They find some of Max’s things as well, such as his water bottle and his journal. While Trevor and Sean are going through what they’ve found, Hannah wanders off and unfortunately discovers Max’s body.
They bury him on the beach of the underground ocean and Trevor reads a letter to Sean found in Max’s journal about how it was Sean’s birthday that day and how Max thought he would never be there to give his son his first baseball glove. They then say their goodbyes and hug each other. Trevor also discovers that his brother died due to dehydration because of the Magma surrounding the center of the Earth.
Using Max’s advice from his journal, Trevor figures that they must find a geyser that can send them to the surface, which is located on the other side of the underground ocean, or else the temperature will rise up to 200 °F, making it impossible to survive. They must reach the geyser in 48 hours or all of the water to create the geyser will have evaporated. They build a raft and begin crossing the underground ocean, but soon encounter prehistoric piranha fish (resembling Xiphactinus), so they use makeshift baseball bats to bat them away, until the arrival of a shoal of Elasmosaurus. After the fish attack, the raft’s sail becomes loose, and Sean tries to hold on, but is blown away and becomes separated from the two adults.
Sean’s guide is now a little bird who has been present since the trio entered the center, and it takes him towards the river. He then goes walking, but then trips and finds out he is in a magnetic field. After he goes through a path of floating magnetic rocks. He almost falls down but was able to hang on. Meanwhile, Trevor and Hannah decide to split up to find him. Sean wanders to find a dry bonefilled land. He hears roars and hides behind a rock. Drool falls next to him, and Sean looks up. He then encounters a Giganotosaurus which drools on top of him and his face. The Giganotosaurus then goes after him. Sean runs away very fast, but the dinosaur is faster. It finds Sean and he yells and cries for desperate help. Trevor – who has desperately been searching for him – finds him. The beast pursues them until they discover that the ground beneath them is muscovite, the same type as earlier. The dinosaur falls through the muscovite, creates a massive hole and dies in the process. They get to a river and find Hannah, using a Giganotosaurus skull as a boat. They sail until they end up at a volcano with magma rising. Then, they feel cold water on the other side of a magnesium wall.
Trevor uses a flare to ignite the magnesium in the wall and causes a geyser to shoot them through Mount Vesuvius in Italy. When they destroy the vineyard of an Italian man, Sean gives him a diamond that he found earlier to say sorry. Trevor sees that he has many more in his backpack, and he uses them to fund his brother’s laboratory. Throughout the adventure, Hannah and Trevor gradually become close and even share a kiss. Sean visits Trevor and Hannah in their new home, which was purchased with some of the diamonds Sean took from the cave. Trevor hands Sean a copy of the book Atlantis: The Antediluvian World by Ignatius L. Donnelly, suggesting they could maybe hang out during Sean’s Christmas break, alluding to a possible sequel. Sean then reveals that he has brought the little bird back from the center of the Earth to keep as a pet. Despite Sean’s entreaties the bird flies away into the screen to effectively end the movie.
“What Molly Mahoney needed was the opportunity to prove she was something more than she believed.” and so the story begins at “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” a toy shop run by the eccentric 243 year old Mr. Edward Magorium (Dustin Hoffman).
Besides Mr. Magorium, the shop’s employees include the manager of the store, Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman), who feels stuck in her life progress and tells Mr. Magorium that she should probably get a more adult job, and the store bookmaker Bellini (Ted Ludzik), a strongman. Eric Applebaum (Zach Mills) is a boy who comes to the toy store and regularly interacts with the adults and volunteers at the store, acting at times like a part time employee.
In response to Molly telling Mr. Magorium that she feels stuck, he gives her the Congreve Cube, a large block of wood, who tells her it will guide her to a new life and adventure if she has faith in it. She is unsure what to do with the cube at first, owing to its dull appearance. What Molly has wanted to do with her life is to become a composer and concert pianist, owing to the fact that she was a musical prodigy as a child. She went to school for music, but has not been able to write any music since graduating. At home, she works on a symphony with little progress.
The toy shop is magical. The toys have a life of their own. An over-sized ledger, known as the Big Book, can magically materialize any toy on command, and a doorknob, when rotated, can change the interior of a magic room. Mr. Magorium states that he imbued the shop with the same youthful characteristics of the children who visit it. Because of its similarity to children, the shop is also prone to temper tantrums.
Mr. Magorium suddenly announces he intends to “leave” and is giving the shop to Molly to provide her with the means to move forward and become “unstuck” in life. When Mahoney expresses her upset and doubts about her ability to run the store, the store throws a tantrum, causing all the toys and its inner workings to go haywire, ambushing customers of all ages. In preparation for his departure, Mr. Magorium hires an accountant Henry Weston (Jason Bateman), to organize the shop’s paperwork and determine the monetary value of the store he will leave as a legacy to Mahoney. Henry does not believe that the toy store is magical at all at first, arguing with Molly over its magical properties and debating the actuality of Magorium’s records.
Molly finally realizes that Mr. Magorium’s leaving is not retirement but that he is going to die. Desperate to stop this, Molly rushes him to the hospital where after a little mischief, he is discharged the next day because there is “nothing physically wrong with him.”
After leaving the hospital, Mr. Magorium asks Molly how she is doing with the Congreve Cube. She states there are a million things she could do with a block of wood but she doesn’t have a clue how to unlock the cube’s secret. Mr. Magorium then tells her that there are a million things one could do with a block of wood, but what if someone just believed in the cube? What would happen then? Molly does not understand but attempts to prevent Mr. Magorium’s departure by showing him the joys of life, but he has lived a full life and it is time for his story to end. He uses the stage notes of Shakespeare’s King Lear to make the point about a the importance of having a full life, and the importance of death, noting that the last lines of one of the most important pieces of literature are simply “He dies.”
Believing herself to be unworthy and incapable of owning a magical store, Molly puts it up for sale with Henry’s firm overseeing the sale. The store grieves and loses its magic. All the toys, walls, and even the furniture lose their color, becoming varying shades of gray and black. Eric tries to reason with Molly over her decision to sell the store when he sees her at a restaurant playing background music.
Henry meets Molly at the store to draw up the sale papers, where he sees the Congreve Cube and asks her about it. When Molly confesses her complete faith in the store and the Congreve Cube’s magical ability, the block suddenly springs to life, and proceeds to fly around the store. After witnessing this, Henry faints with shock. When he later awakes and questions Molly about it, she tells him that it must have been a dream as she went home the previous night, leaving him to finalize the paperwork for the sale.
Henry is not deterred as he knows Molly made the cube fly and though she does not believe she can do magical and wonderful things, he believes in her. Henry realizes Molly is the Congreve Cube. The block of wood that can be anything she desires if she can somehow believe in herself. Henry’s whole hearted belief in Molly ignites a tiny spark in her and for a second she believes. The store responds to her spark of belief and continues to respond as her confidence builds until the entire store magnificently transforms. The magic and color return as Molly’s symphony comes into existence. Molly Mahoney’s story has begun.
Here is your first weekly funny story. A great find from a pub
toilet door in Sydney. Enjoy!
How Scottish Policemen enforce the Road Rules
A London Lawyer in his flash new BMW is pulled over by a Scottish
policeman. He says, “Sir, I pulled you over because you didn’t stop
at the STOP sign. That’ll be a 100 pound fine” The lawyer looks at
him “100 pound?!!!”, then pretty agitated: “Look, I slowed down all
right? What difference does it make, I slowed down surely that’s
enough.” The policeman raises a brow and looks at him: “Sir, it’s a
STOP sign, so that means you have to stop not just slow down.” The
lawyer rolls his eyes, thinks for a moment and then says
arrogantly, “Okay, I’ll tell you what, if you can show me how it
makes a difference whether I slow down or stop, then I’ll pay the
The policeman says “all right then” pulls out his baton and starts
to bash the lawyer. The lawyer screems “what are you doing?” The
policeman says calmly “Do you want me to slow down or stop?”