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I first wanted to see this movie because of the visual effects and because I
wanted to see why everyone else wanted to see it. My source was its great
box office performance and when I did first see this movie I saw it with my
8 year-old sister and it *was* pretty funny and entertaining. M. Night
Shyamalan and Greg Brooker did a great job adapting E. B. White's book of
the same name. Though the "Little" parents can be fairly Bradyesque, it's
supposed to be because it's a family, fantasy. Michael J. Fox has that
certain voice that just goes great with family films where there are
characters that wouldn't normally talk otherwise (e.g. Homeward Bound). The
rest of the "Little" family and the supporting characters, whether human or
voice, are all spectacular and fit their roles to a tee. The special effects
were incredible. The very detail they put into the CGI mouse is
unbelievable. The film/story has some great morals/themes also, like
teaching children to see past what's on the outside and only judge people by
what's on the inside. And the most important theme is that families should
have that strong family bond and relationship that's needed to get through
My Verdict: A solid 8/10
The Littles are the typical American, apple pie family until the day that
they go to the orphanage to adopt a brother for their son George and come
home with one, Stuart, a mouse. This sets-up the story. Stuart is hated by
the cat of the house, Snowbell and is not too popular with George.
All comes together after George and Stuart "bond" when they build a yacht together for the local model yacht race in the park. Stuart has to pilot the yacht after the remote gets broken. George beats the school bully and he and Stuart become firm friends. The cat, however, has other plans and plots Stuarts downfall which leads to the hillarious finale, can Stuart find his way back to the "Little House". The parts are played to perfection. Fox and Lane breath real life into their animated parts. Laurie, Davis and Lipnicki aren't bad either. The kids will love it, prepare to shed the odd tear
I'm sorry, but I don't get this movie. Yes, the effects were highly
polished and professional, but plotwise this film was senseless.
At first it seems like a satire on "politically correct" people who
would pretend not to notice that your adopted child is of a different
race ... or species. However, it quickly becomes apparent that the
film has no such pretensions, that it really is just a dumb,
predictable story about ... about how a family comes to accept a
highly intelligent rodent as part of the family. Huh? Lucky for the
mouse that his "brother" just happens to build miniature models of
boats and cars ... that actually work.
Well, I will admit that at first I didn't want to see it. I thought, Why would I want to watch a family movie? Well I am glad I did, because I really enjoyed this movie. The alley cats were really funny. Michael J. Fox really fit the role of Stuart Little. He is a really good actor and I am sad of his case of Parkinson's. I only wish the best for him. His show Spin City was (and still is) hilarious. But to get back to the movie. I really think that anyone of any age should see this movie. It has many scenes that really warm your heart! I really suggest that you all go out and see it. I don't think that you will be disappointed. 10/10
Stuart Little had the capacity to be a really good family film but it seemed
to miss the mark.
It is true that the idea of a talking mouse being adopted by a family and the rest of the world accepting the fact that it is possible to do so is a little far fetched in itself but when the film moves on, it also moves further away from the reaches of reality.
For example, Stuart (the mouse) is given a remote control car (which is just the right size for him to fit in) which he then drives around. There is one major problem with this; you can't drive a remote control car from inside it. The director might have come up with the idea to put the remote control in the car, maybe making the car in a convertible to allow it to fit but instead Stuart drove the battery powered car (with the sounds of a petrol engine) all around Central Park. On the same idea of the car, one possibility of added comedy would have been Stuart learning to drive and maybe crashing into household objects in the process (one assumes that a mouse just taken out of an orphanage with no recollection of his parents doesn't have a driving license).
Stuart Little was never going to be a major blockbuster but it could have been a great deal better. However, there were some good points such as the amusing voice of Michael J. Fox as Stuart and the exciting scene in Central Park (especially for children).
You might want to see Stuart Little as a family film or more likely a children's film but if you have the time, look for something a little more entertaining and finely polished.
Not appropriate for our two-year-old. She doesn't yet, if ever, need to learn to say "Talk to the butt", "What the hell . . .", etc. Perhaps the film is targeted at a more sophisticated, eight-year-old audience that would snicker heartily at such witticisms. Ok, they're _alley_ cats talking, but this is a childrens' movie. Alley cat language aside, this is a slow, mildly entertaining film. I share the puzzlement of another reviewer in that we are given a squeaky-clean Leave-It-to-Beaver family that lives in cliff-hanger world of lethal washing machines, deadly serious gangster cats, spoiled children who cheat by racing armored model sailboats, and adult racing judges who apparently let them. Stuart Little the mouse is endearing. He is very obviously _intended_ to be endearing, but with Michael J. Fox's voice the cutesy-mouse thing works very well. Snowbell, the family cat, is voiced ably by Nathan Lane. He can be menacing inside the house, while believably shrinking into a coward when out in world dealing with alley cats. There is not much here for adults. Too much raunch for kids. Older kids may like the cats, but they will be disappointed that Stuart isn't killed.
No explanation of how or why mice speak...not only with humans, but also
with cats! There's no evidence that cats & humans communicate although it's
obvious that cats understand human speech. Jennifer Tilly is my favorite
actress...it's weird, but her character manages to look (move, dress) just
like her. I expect that in Stuart Little 2, the Little family will be moving
out to Nebraska so that they can take advantage of living in the Little
house on the prairie.
I'm a little (no pun intended) surprised that I enjoyed this film and I do recommend it. Rating? A solid 8-of-10.
A common problem lies with all big-budget movies that feature
'break-through' special effects. Sometimes these effects are so good, that
once the viewer has accepted them as real, they don't seem as impressive. A
great example of this is THE LOST WORLD - dinos had been done, we believed
them to be real characters, so we naturally start looking at other, more
traditional aspects of film - and they were not so good. STUART LITTLE
suffers the same fate. The big cheese is realistic fur, and the mouse is
superb throughout, however look past the amazing work they have done, and
this is simply a rehashed film from 100s made in the past.
The cast work well together - I would question the likelihood of Laurie and Davis ever marrying, but I suppose that in a world where talking mice are the norm, anything could happen! Michael J Fox is excellently cast as Stuart (although wouldn't a younger voice be more endearing for the kids?). My only real complaint was the cats - although hilariously voiced, the CG-cats were sometimes embarrassingly plastic. But all in all, the 300 children sitting around me loved every minute, so who am I to moan???
stuart little is the loveliest film ever. he walks and talks and drives a car and brushes his teeth and smiles and everything!! i love stuart little the lovely mouse. i am looking to adopt one similar. the closest so far has been a hamster squirrel, which does brush it's teeth, but doesn't talk yet.
I watched Stuart Little last night and I have been all day recommending this film to all my friends. This movie is full of charm and no matter how old you are, you'll be very happy to watch this tale of family love. As my fourteen years old daughter told me last night "mom, I cannot believe you're still a child!". Well, thanks to Stuart Little all of us will be able to discover the child inside us. Don't wait any longer. Rent it now!
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