Stuart Little 2

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Three years after the first film, Stuart Little questions his ability after a grueling soccer match alongside George, who kicked him with a soccer ball. He becomes even more downhearted after George’s toy airplane gets broken in an accident because of him. However, Stuart’s father, Frederick Little, tells him that for every Little, there is a “silver lining”, a good thing that comes out of an apparently bad situation.

On his way home from school, Stuart saves a female canary named Margalo who is being pursued by a peregrine falcon, and they become friends. But she is secretly working with Falcon to case and steal from households. When he presses her to find and take an object of value, or lose the sanctuary he promised her, she can’t seem to concentrate on her assignment, as she is beginning to fall in love with Stuart. Falcon eventually loses patience and threatens to kill him if she doesn’t deliver. Worried for his safety, she takes Eleanor Little’s diamond wedding ring.

When the Littles see that the ring is missing, they think it has fallen down the sink. Stuart offers to be lowered down the drain on a string to get it, and nearly succeeds. When the string breaks Margalo saves him, and his thanks to her only makes her feel even more guilty, so she decides to leave. When he can’t find her, he assumes she has been kidnapped – and that Falcon is somehow involved. He leaves on a quest to rescue her with the household’s reluctant cat Snowbell, but not before setting up a plan with George.

Stuart and Snowbell enlist the help of Monty, who tells them that Falcon’s lair is at the disused observation deck of the nearby Pishkin Building. They use balloons to get Stuart to the top, where he finds out that Margalo is Falcon’s slave, and was forced to take the ring. He tries to save her, but Falcon captures him, and drops him in a garbage truck. Falcon then shuts Margalo inside a paint can as punishment for rebelling against him. Meanwhile, Snowbell makes his way to the top of the building while the Falcon is absent and frees Margalo, who tearfully tells Snowbell that Falcon killed Stuart. Distraught, Snowbell vows revenge.

On a garbage scow where he has ended up, Stuart blames himself for everything, and has almost lost all hope. Suddenly, he finds George’s broken plane, fixes it up, and flies to save Margalo. Falcon returns and almost hits Snowbell off the building, but Margalo defies him by taking the ring and fleeing. Falcon gives chase, but Stuart catches up in the plane and saves Margalo while trying to evade the Falcon. The Littles, who have discovered his absence and whereabouts follow him by taxi as he begins an aerial adventure through the park, with Margalo at his side. They lose Falcon, but he catches up and makes an attempt to kill Stuart, when he detaches the plane’s upper wing, damaging the main one and causing it to enter a steep nose dive, which fails when Stuart recovers from the dive, nearly missing the Littles. Unable to run from Falcon, he lets Margalo off. He turns and flies the damaged plane in a kamikaze run while Falcon goes into an attack dive. He uses Mrs. Little’s ring to temporarily blind him, and jumps out using a bandana as a parachute. The kamikaze attack works and Falcon is struck head on and defeated. Although he survives the attack, he falls out of the sky and lands in a garbage can that Monty is scavenging in, and is presumably eaten by him, but not before Stuart falls when his parachute is sliced apart by the propeller of the shattered plane, and then is rescued by Margalo.

Stuart is congratulated by his family, and Margalo, who gives Mrs. Little her ring back, and Snowbell reunites with them as well. Soon after, Margalo leaves with the other birds to migrate south, but not before saying goodbye to her friends. Stuart says the “silver lining” is that she’ll be back in the spring, and his baby sister, Martha, says her first words: “Bye bye, birdie.”, which the family then celebrates and then head inside to the comfort of their home.

REVIEW:

Welcome back to the colorful world where no one seems to notice that a human family has a talking mouse for a son. It is that suspension of disbelief that makes childhood great. Stuart Little 2 takes us all back to those innocent youth days with an adventure that we could very well have seen on Saturday morning television, and that is part of the charm and attraction of this film.

What is this about?

In this sequel to the 1999 blockbuster, adorable white mouse Stuart still lives happily with his adoptive family, the Littles — and more zany misadventures are in store as Stuart, his human brother and their mischievous cat raise the roof.

What did I like?

Message. Say what you will about every other aspect of this film, the one thing that you cannot say is that it is portraying a negative message. As a matter of fact, you can’t get much more positive than one of family and acceptance, now can you? Sure that may be a bit on the sugary, sweet side, but that’s what this film is.

Keep it moving. Not only is this film bright and colorful, but it is also short. With a run time of 76 minutes, you can be sure that kids and the ADHD crown won’t be going insane when you put this in to watch. Also, there isn’t some weird nonsensical drama involving the different species. Everyone is just who they are. It makes you wonder why can’t society nowadays be more accepting like the people in this film.

Stuart. In a strange bit of irony, you may recall that Stuart Little was more about George, played by Jonathan Lipnicki, than Stuart. This time around, we get much more of Stuart, which is really what we’re watching this for, after all, right?

What didn’t I like?

Motherly love. I love Geena Davis in these movies. She has never looked better. However, I can’t get over how overbearing a mother her character is. I don’t recall her being so protective of George in the first film. I have to wonder if this is all because Stuart is a mouse or being the youngest/smallest. At any rate, a certain amount of motherly love is ok, but she was just written almost to an extreme. They may have wanted her that way, which is fine, but I was not a fan.

Falcon. James Woods does a great job of voicing the villainous falcon. The problem I had with the character is that, well, what is a falcon doing flying around New York? If they would have had him running things from the zoo, or on the run from animal control, then that would have added something to his character, but as it stands he’s just a falcon flying around NYC. Perhaps there is a level of suspension of disbelief that needs to be had here, though.

Cats. You won’t find anyone that loves cats more than myself (except for crazy cat ladies and ancient Egyptians). I couldn’t help but notice that Snowbell and Monty returned for this flick. Snowbell, being a family cat, I can accept having a bit of a role, but Monty just made no sense, other than they just wanted to shoehorn in a familiar character that perhaps did well with audiences but wasn’t in the source material.

They say that more often than not, sequels don’t live up to the original. Stuart Little 2 is no exception. Having said that, it is able to stand alone and doesn’t feel like a cash grab the way many sequels do. If you’re looking for a fun family film that won’t insult your intelligence, this is something you should check out. The kids will enjoy it, if no one else does. I highly recommend it!

4 out of 5 stars

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