Stuart Little 2 Review

Stuart Little (as before, voiced by Michael J. Fox) goes to school, and now has a baby sister as well as older brother George (Jonathan Lipnicki). Stuart has his own car and even plays for the soccer team. However, he yearns for a friend of his own. One day, an injured bird falls into his car. This is Margalo (voice of Melanie Griffith) who tells Stuart that she is being threatened by a villainous falcon (voice of James Woods). Margalo is welcomed at the Littles’ home and Stuart soon develops a huge crush on her. But then she mysteriously vanishes. Stuart and Snowbell the cat (voice of Nathan Lane) go out in search of her…



The first Stuart Little, two years ago, was a children’s film that wasn’t too painful for accompanying adults to watch. Part of the sccess was the producers' use of a better than average scriptwriter: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable) had a hand in the original, and this time round Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost, Jaob's Ladder) is involved. This sequel is pretty much the same thing, if a little blander. As the Little parents, Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie play their roles with enough of an ironic edge to take away most of the taste of saccharine. Jonathan Lipnicki has less to do this time round. He’s inevitably grown a lot in the last two years, and it will be interesting to see if he will sustain a career once adolescence hits. Director Rob Minkoff, also returning from the first film, is a former animation director: this time round there’s less effort to create an obviously unreal New York City, as if it’s now taken for granted that we’ll accept a place where talking mice, cats and birds exist.



At 70 minutes plus credits, Stuart Little 2 is the shortest major-studio feature for many years and fortunately it has a sense of proportion. It’s short enough to hold even the youngest child’s attention but not too long to bore. It’s a pleasant film that will play best to the younger members of the audience, but won’t be an irksome experience for adults.

Overall

6

out of 10

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