|Star:||Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, (voices) Michael J Fox, James Woods|
|Cert / Year:||PG - U / 2002|
Stuart Little (voice of Michael J Fox) is a talking mouse that lives with the Little household as their middle child (Yes I know that is weird but you have to watch the first film to understand). Having found his place in the family he must now find his place in a world where he is much smaller than his friends and all around him. As luck would have it a friend just his size literally lands in lap in the form of a small bird called Margalo (voice of Melanie Griffith). But Margalo has a troubled past that is going to come back and haunt her in the shape of the evil Falcon (voice of the excellent James Woods).
"That's for kids" would be the worst insult you could apply to this movie. Yes it is made for a family audience but ignoring this film because of that, and you would miss out on a great little (no pun intended, really) comedy. This is another of the increasing number of films that are for kids and adults alike, and like Monsters Inc. it is very funny for both.
Let's just this out of the way this is a feel good movie, therefore everything is a bit sugar coated. Did I say a bit, I mean a lot sugar coated. It is so sweet it can rot your teeth at forty paces. On the surface the Little family seem to be the modern equivalent of the Brady bunch (but with less kids). However after a bit you notice that in a subtle way this film is poking fun at them. Certainly the excellently over the top performance from Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie give the impression that things may be a little more tongue in cheek than you first imagined. Overall comedy wins over smaltz and although the heavy-handed moral is that being nice is good, it doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the film.
The most noticeable thing about the film is the quality of the computer animation, which is simply outstanding. Yes the characters of Stuart Little and Margalo look cartoony but this effect has been applied to the whole film. The highlights are definitely the animation of Falcon and Snowbell the Little family cat. The overall effect is of a nicer friendlier version of reality, one in which Stuart is a believable character. Of course this is aided by the superb vocal performances and the ease at which the human actors relate to the virtual characters (Ewan McGregger take note).
Apart from the animation the main reason to like this film is the action packed and very funny script. There are enough thrills for the kids, and laughs for both age groups. In particular Snowball voiced by Nathan Lane and Monty voiced by Steve Zahn (who is criminally underused) steal the show with some hilarious lines.
Stuart Little 2 is a great feel good movie. It very funny, well acted and directed, technologically clever, and real good fun. In an age of violence and crass commercialisation is a refreshing change to find a movie that is so much good clean fun. It is a film with its heart in the right place, and that deserves to be watched by a wider audience than just kids. In short I really like this film, it cheered me up for at least one dark winter night. So give it a go the is one great little film (No honest it isn't a pun. Really, I mean it. Oh suit yourself).
A Little Goes A Long Way .
(Falcon to Margalo re Stuart) Big mistake, never make a friend that I can eat.
|1.85:1 Anamorphic||The high is high on primary colors and is bright and flawless.|
|Dolby Digital 5.1||Clear and well used|
|Making of featurette|
|Various other featurettes|
|Music Video by Celene Dion (oh dear)|
|Great transfer and good selection of extras. Overall an very good disc.|