The Last Mimzy is one of those films that can drive you crazy. Individual scenes are engaging and the story itself is interesting, but the parts only add up to an entertaining, yet forgettable movie. It’s a shame, because the original Lewis Padgett short story that the movie is based on is a classic.
Two young siblings, Noah and Emma Wilder, discover a “box” that holds strange items, including a stuffed rabbit toy that Emma declares is named Mimzy. The other items are spinning rocks and flashing crystals that cause weird things to happen, such as giving the children new abilities. Their mother and father (Joely Richardson and Timothy Hutton) begin to worry, but Noah’s science teacher (Rainn Wilson) is fascinated.
The best part of this movie is watching the two young actors. Both Chris O’Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn give believable performances as kids exploring their newfound powers, and while the rest of the cast is okay, it’s the two kids who standout, with only Rainn Wilson and Kathryn Hahn, as the new-agey teacher and his fiancée, who bring at least some life to their characters. The script doesn’t seem to know what it’s trying to achieve; whether it’s a kid’s movie or a sci-fi thriller, and the pacing is awkward. An opening and closing segment that explains the story adds to the awkwardness.
The Last Mimzy is not a bad film, but it is nowhere near a great movie, and that’s disappointing. If the concept is interesting it’s worth checking out the original story, “Mimsy Were the Borogroves” by Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore).