29 May 2003 | Chris_Gardner
Stuart Little 2 is quite simply one of the best movies I have seen in a long time and I watch a lot of movies.
The story of how the mouse, Stuart Little, has fitted in with his adopted human family is one that will appeal to children and adults alike. Children will love it because of its fantastical premise, while adults are drawn in by the innocence and charm of Stuart Little and his adopted family and their pet cat. What's more, there is not one word of bad language uttered in the movie. The storyline is rather simplistic with Stuart Little, voiced by Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox, setting off across New York to rescue a bird friend Margalo (Melanie Griffith) from the clutches of the dreaded Falcon (Steve Zahn). Along for the ride is the Little's pet cat Snowbell (Nathan Lane) who, ironically, steals the show without even trying. It's also heartening that Michael J. Fox is still involved in movies despite being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease last decade. Director Rob Minkoff faultlessly mixes the actors playing the Little family with the animation bringing a real-life feel to the story, which is fun the whole way. MENSA queen Geena Davis plays Mrs Little while former Blackadder star Hugh Laurie wrangles an American accent as Mr Little. Stuart's older brother, George, is played by Jerry Maguire star Jonathan Lipnicki, whose fickleness gets Stuart into trouble. There are plenty of comic moments in the film, particularly those involving Stuart's radio controlled car, which he drives to school each day. His handling of George's remote controlled bi-plane is also a priceless scene with plenty of action and drama. Stuart Little 2, now showing at The Regent Theatre in Te Awamutu, is a movie that should not be missed and is the ideal school holiday treat for children and parents alike.