A Film Review By Jason L. King
|Rating:Rated PG for talking cats, mice wearing pants and a weird canary and some mild language
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis
Directed By:Rob Minkoff
On a weekend where North Grand got 3 new Movies, and Movies 12 got 5 new movies, I knew that I had my work cut out for me. Normally by the time things make it to North Grand 5 either Michael or I have seen it so that cuts some of our reviews down by half. However this week, they send us movies that neither Michael or I have seen. So as I headed into the theaters at 1 AM I realized that I was up for one heck of a weekend. So forgive the short and sweet reviews for older films and hold on for one heck of a weird and wacky ride as Jason begins his November 2002 Turkey Days Movie Marathon. Film #1 in the 2002 Turkey Day Marathon was the summer hit Stuart Little 2. Most of you remember a few years ago Stuart Little hit the big screen. Lots of people, (well at least lots of kids) rushed to the theaters to check out the film based on E.B. White’s fictional mouse. (yes boys and girls, Stuart Little is a character from a book!) Stuart Little proved to be a success at the box offices, which prompted those crazy guys in Hollywood to green light yet another sequel.
Michael J. Fox returns to the screen as the voice of everyone’s little hero, Stuart Little. In this kiddie flick, we find that Stuart is feeling pretty down. His mother (who is human) is over protective of him (due to his “lacking in bigness”) and his older brother George has found a new friend. Stuart feels alone and abandoned. But by chance a canary named Margolis happens to fly into Stuart’s world as she is trying to escape an evil falcon. Stuart finds a friend in Margolis and his world is happy once again. However when margolis mysteriously disappears, Stuart and his feline friend, Snowbell, head off to the city in search of their canary friend.
Now all in all, you can’t really expect brilliance from this film. It’s a happy kids flick. The story is cute enough that even an adult can enjoy (if they are parents) and carries itself well. But sadly enough, the buck stops there. People of the college age (except The Mike, who has a low IQ) are not going to want to flock to Stuart Little 2, because frankly it’s just not worth it. Don’t get me wrong, when I was 5 I would have loved the film, but I’m starting to outgrow those films finally. Who knows though, by the time I am 50 I might enjoy movies about computer generated mice once again.
So to sum this extremely short review up in Little to no time at all (no pun intended) was Stuart Little 2 worth your $1 at the box offices? Probably not. But if you want to relive your childhood, or are forced to take your little cousin to the theaters over Turkey Day break, then its not that bad. Stuart Little 2 was just your average kiddie flick, and nothing more. It’s nothing I’d run away from screaming and if someone forced me to watch it again I wouldn’t hide in a corner “shaking” with fear (NOTE: Not a bad Michael J. Fox joke, as The Mike would believe) Stuart Little 2 isn’t bad, its not good, its Just there.