It's Just a Block of Wood

I bumped into this movie one night when I couldn’t sleep and was flipping through channels trying to find something to put me back to sleep. I found Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. I didn’t see it from the beginning but I was awake until the end. I was intrigued. Fortunately, it was on the next day and I watched it from beginning to end. I actually wept. It effected me on a number of levels.

Dustin Hoffman stars in this film and gives life to a truly wonderful, eccentric individual who once found a pair of shoes that he liked so much that he bought enough pairs to last a lifetime. With the possible exception of Ishtar, with Warren Beatty, I think Hoffman has done some fine work. I don’t want to give away the entire plot but, suffice it to say it has to do with, among a number of other things, unfulfilled possibilities, self-doubt and a general lack of confidence in one’s abilities.

Like a number of movies, you are likely to get out of it what ever collection of experiences you bring to it. I believe, however, that you will find a number of things to relate to. Watch it more than once and you will probably find even more to relate to. As you watch it, ask yourself, “Is it really just a block of wood?”

In an attempt to remind me of what I learned from this movie, I had a block built that is 1′ x 1′ x 1′. It sits next to the chair in my office and is just the right height to accommodate a coffee cup and a small note pad.

I urge you to find it and watch it …… more than once.

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