ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday September 16, 2007
Vol. 42 - No 16
TV Times  

Mr. Bean here on Holiday

By Susitha R. Fernando

Rowan Atkinson, known worldwide as Mr. Bean is now in Colombo on a special holiday . Meet the guy at the Majestic Cinema, Colombo. Following the successful run of ‘Johny English’ two years ago, the movie featuring Mr. Bean, the famous TV comedian, hit silver screen last week.

This time, Atkinson returns to the iconic role that made him an international star in Bean II. In his latest misadventure, Mr. Bean-the nearly wordless misfit, who seems to be followed by a trail of pitfalls and hijinks--goes on holiday to the French Riviera and becomes ensnared in a European adventure of cinematic proportions.

Tired of the dreary, wet London weather, Bean packs up his suitcase and camcorder to head to Cannes for some sun on the beach. Ah...vacation. But his trip doesn't go as smoothly as he had hoped when the bumbling Bean falls face first into a series of mishaps and fortunate coincidences, far-fetched enough to make his own avant-garde film.

Wrongly thought to be both kidnapper and acclaimed filmmaker, he has some serious explaining to do after wreaking havoc across the French countryside and arriving at his vacation spot with a Romanian filmmaker's precocious son and an aspiring actress in tow.

Will Bean be arrested by the gendarmes or end up winning the Palme d'Or? It's all caught on camera as Atkinson again applies his awkward athleticism to a comedy of errors in Bean II.

Directed by Steve Bendelack the film began shooting on 15 May 2006. Released in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2007 and on 24 August 2007 in the United States, this is the second film based on the television series Mr. Bean, following the 1997 film Bean.

The screenplay was written by Robin Driscoll, Simon McBurney and Hamish McColl. Atkinson says that 'Mr. Bean's Holiday' will be the last Mr. Bean story.

What is evident is that film has been very successful at the box office. It took an opening gross of USD$12.7 million in the United Kingdom, the biggest opening for a film in 2007 up until the release of Spider-Man 3. As at the beginning of last week, the film has grossed over USD $208 million globally. Imported by Liberty Cinemas Ltd, Mr. Bean ‘s Holiday is a CEL release.

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