Mr. Bean returns to cause more trouble in "Mr. Bean's Holiday", which sees the chaotic Bean traveling through France. The movie starts with the character barely realizing that he's won a drawing at the local church for a camcorder and trip to France.
Once on the train, Bean realizes that he's accidentially the cause of a young boy named Stepan (Max Baldry) being separated from his father (Karel Roden). The boy's upset at Bean and the father doesn't exactly look pleased as he's running down the track after the train, either. However, Bean and Stepan find themselves accidentially off the train when it gets going again, taking Bean's baggage with it. Bean then manages to find a way to lose his ticket, passport and then Stepan.
The film eventually has Bean running into (literally, of course, in the case of these movies) a film set, angering the American director (Willem Dafoe, and - it must be said - what the hell is Willem Dafoe doing in a "Bean" movie?) and falling for the actress he's with, Sabine (Emma de Caunes). Managing to find himself back on the road with Sabine and - eventually - Stepan, the group heads to their original destination, Cannes - where Stepan's father is a jury member at the film festival.
The film is inoffensive, harmless (although it's hard to use "harmless" and "Mr. Bean" in the same sentence, as Mr. Bean himself is rarely harmless) slapstick, as Bean usually is. The only concern, however, with "Mr. Bean's Holiday" is that it's not funny often enough. There are some amusing bits that Atkinson sells well, such as grabing a run-down motorbike or trying to act out music on the street for change, but these gags are a little too few-and-far-between, as the movie has some down time between gags as characters make their way across the countryside.
Atkinson has said that Mr. Bean is going on permanent holiday after this film, but whether or not that's the case remains to be seen. If so, "Mr. Bean's Holiday" is a decent send-off, as while the film is slight and rather forgettable, it does have a certain charm and manages a handful of decent laughs.
VIDEO: "Mr. Bean's Holiday" is presented by Universal in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This was an above average transfer that suffered from only a few minor concerns, including some slight edge enhancement in a few scenes. Sharpness and detail were not a problem, as the majority of the film looked bright and crisp, save for a few slightly softer bits. Aside from the previously mentioned edge enhancement, a couple of minor traces of artifacting were spotted. As one might expect from such a recent picture, no print flaws were seen. Colors looked bright and fresh, with very nice saturation and no smearing or other faults.
SOUND: The film's Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation was purely a "comedy mix", with little for the rear speakers to do, aside from provide a few moments of slight ambience. Audio quality was perfectly acceptable, with crisp dialogue and clear, occasionally bassy music.
EXTRAS: Short featurettes on the production in France, filming at the Cannes Film Festival and Atkinson himself. We also get a few minor deleted scenes.
Final Thoughts: "Mr. Bean's Holiday" is a passable comedic adventure, as while the film is slight and mostly forgettable, it does have a certain charm and manages a handful of decent laughs. The DVD presentation offers good audio/video quality, along with a few minor supplements. A recommended rental for fans.
The Film C+