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Sky High

Posted in Family, Movie Reviews, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Superhero Films with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Will Stronghold — the son of two superheroes known as the Commander and Jetstream — is the only kid at Sky High who hasn’t developed superpowers yet, which means he may be relegated to the less-than-thrilling role of a sidekick.

What people are saying:

“With a crisp and snappy visual style and its smartly paced story, Sky High pulls an incredible feat in an age of dumbed-down kids comedies; it’s as down-to-earth as it is super.” 4 stars

“A surprisingly fun and humorous look at superhero tropes by way of a high school designed specifically for the gifted vigilantes’ offspring. Though some of the humor skews a bit too young and many of the movie’s visual effects are dated in the worse way, there’s plenty of wit and pointed comic book skewering to go around — making this one pleasant surprise of a Disney family flick.” 3 stars

“It’s Disney! Written by and for High School freshmen. If you can suspend your adulthood for an hour and a half you will enjoy it. A more entertaining story on a very similar theme is found in the comic “PS 238″ The protagonist is the son of two superheroes without any superpowers (except the knack for survival)…” 3 stars

“Though the film gives some good laughs, cool sequences, a great cinemontography, and a surprisingly original story, Sky High falls flat for me. I forgot the characters, I was often bored, the CG SUCKED, and was left thinking, “Eh.” 3 stars

“Sky High is one of Disney’s best films of this decade so far. I don’t know why a lot of people are comparing it to The Incredibles. It is not like that movie at all. It’s more like a cross between X-Men and Fantastic Four. Everyone had different superpowers. I enjoyed this movie. This movie did show a lot of references to other movies and TV shows based on comic books (like Wonder Woman, Batman, Spider-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). If you are in the mood for a good, family movie, watch Sky High.” 4 stars

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View from the Top

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2014 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Donna Jensen (Gwyneth Paltrow) is a girl from a small town in Nevada who wishes to see the world in order to get away from her unhappy life of living in a trailer with her alcoholic mother, a former Las Vegas showgirl, and her abusive, alcoholic stepfather. After graduating from high school, Donna tries to make ends meet by working as a clerk in a Big Lots. After her boyfriend (Marc Blucas) leaves her for another girl, she goes to a bar where she sees a talkshow segment about Sally Weston, who has written a memoir called My Life in the Sky, and decides to follow her destiny by becoming a flight attendant. Her first position is at a small, seedy California commuter airline but this success builds her confidence up and encourages her to attend open interviews for Royalty Airlines. She convinces her two co-workers, Sherry and Christine (Kelly Preston and Christina Applegate), to join her. While Christine and Donna get in, Sherry does not. Donna puts her heart and soul into the training camp, and, after meeting her idol Sally Weston (Candice Bergen), she is determined to be assigned to the top route, “Paris, First Class, International”. Alas, when the assignments are posted, Donna is shocked to discover that she has been assigned to a commuter route in Cleveland. Christine, who had initially struggled with the material and procedures, has inexplicably been assigned the high-priority New York route.

A few months later, by chance, Donna runs into Christine in Cleveland. Donna knows from previous experience that Christine has the airplane soap from Sally’s house during their training sessions, but is still shocked when Christine empties her handbag to reveal all manner of Royalty Air items. Even the smallest theft is strictly prohibited by Royalty Airlines, and could mean termination. Still sure there was some sort of error in her route assignment, Donna turns to Sally Weston for help. Through a course of events, Donna discovers that Christine had switched their test booklets when they were being handed up to their trainer – Christine’s route assignment is rightfully Donna’s, and vice versa. When Sally asks to have airline security spy on Christine’s flight – to see if she stole any property (a code blue) – Christine gets caught and is fired from Royalty. Donna gets the chance to re-take her exam and achieves a perfect score, resulting in being assigned a Paris, First Class, International route. However, following her “destiny” means deciding between a boyfriend (Mark Ruffalo) and her career. She chooses her career.

Though she gets all that she wants – Paris, first class, etc. – Donna realizes that she is still not happy. She misses her boyfriend in Cleveland terribly, and with Sally Weston’s encouragement, she returns to Cleveland to meet him. She does, and after a heartfelt speech to his deaf grandmother, which he overhears, the two kiss and make up. The movie ends with Donna wishing her passengers well as they land in Cleveland, having become a pilot.

REVIEW:

This past week I was so busy with work and all matter of other issues, that I didn’t really get to watch and/or review any films. I think I may have snuck one in there, barely. Hopefully, I’ll be getting back to schedule soon, starting with this romantic comedy that a couple of people have asked my opinion on, View from the Top.

What is this about?

A small-town girl’s dreams of becoming a flight attendant hit some turbulence when she meets a catty colleague, a frisky pilot and a crazy instructor.

What did I like?

Fly away. The last time flight attendants received any kind of publicity, that I am aware of, is that short-lived show from last year, Pan Am. That show and this film are all flight attendants have. Compare that to the countless films we have about cancer patients, athletes, talking animals, crime, etc. and you can see the difference in the numbers. In this day and age when everything seems to be a carbon copy of everything else, new subject matter is a welcome thing.

Mentor or mom? Candice Bergen plays a great mentor to Gwyneth Paltrow’s character. This is one of the few times she plays a character that actually has warmth and a nurturing side. It is almost as if she is Paltrow’s mom. Perhaps, given the crappy home life outlined at the beginning of the film, she was meant to be a maternal figure that Paltrow looked up to because of her book.

No girl power. I don’t want this point to come off sounding like I’m some sort of misogynist, but I am so over the moon with glee that this didn’t try to speak to the female audience exclusively. Girl power and feminism is fine and all, but I’ve had just about enough of it in every film. Being able to watch a film not be beaten over the head with an agenda was something that I may possibly have enjoyed more than the rest of the film.

What didn’t I like?

Party on Wayne. The talent that Mike Myers has is a topic that many argue about. Some say he’s a genius, others say he’s just annoying. I’m not here to debate one way or the other, but rather to mention how he is basically useless. Well, let me take that back. His character has purpose in the film’s plot as the flight attendant trainer, but the eye thing got old quick and didn’t fit with the tone of this film. Then again, I’m not sure the film knows what tone it wanted to take, either.

Hulk needs love, too.  Shouldn’t romantic comedies have romance? It seems as if this is something the filmmakers forgot to  include in the script because there is little to no romance between Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo’s characters. Most of the film is spent doing everything but have these two interact. On the plus side, all those tropes commonly associated with rom-coms aren’t present, thankfully.

Bodies on the floor. I can see why John Travolta married Kelly Preston. She is quite the vision of loveliness, but for some reason her breasts were nearly scraping the floor in this film. I bring this up because it was distracting and since she wasn’t in the film for that long a period of time, it was almost as if there was some sort of comedic reasoning behind this. If that was the case, fine, but if not, then I have to say WTF?!?

Talk about a film that has no direction. View from the Top is a mishmash of drama and comedy that never quite finds the right formula. There is unlimited potential here with a great cast, decent story, and some nice moments. For me, this was just a time killer film. There was nothing particularly special about it. So, no, I do not recommend it.

3 out of 5 stars

What a Girl Wants

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , , on August 14, 2013 by Mystery Man

PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):

Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) lives a comfortable but unsatisfying life as a young American girl with a bright future. She has never met her father, who left her mother Libby (Kelly Preston) seventeen years ago because his family disapproved of their relationship.

Daphne flies to London to connect with her father, Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth), who has given up his seat in the House of Lords to run for election to the House of Commons. Lord Dashwood embraces the opportunity to reconnect with his daughter, but her appearance causes a controversy that endangers his political ambitions. Daphne tries to win the acceptance of her father’s social circle but is opposed by his fiancée and step-daughter.

Ultimately, Daphne rejects her new self because it is not who she is. She returns to America, but Henry goes to find her and reconcile with her mother.

REVIEW:

Well, as per tradition, every birthday comes with an Amanda Bynes film. Unfortunately, What a Girl Wants will be the last of these. Two reasons have caused me to do this. First, she’s lost her damn mind! Second, I’ve watched them all. Now, with that out of the way, what say we talk about this little daddy-daughter reunion flick, shall we?

What is this about?

American Daphne heads to Europe in search of the father she’s never met. But instead of finding a British version of her bohemian mother, she learns the love of her mom’s life is an uptight politician engaged to a fiercely territorial social climber.

What did I like?

Before the madness. My, my, my how far Amanada Bynes has fallen. We hear the stories of her various exploits today and you’d never know that there is some actual talent still in there somewhere. Take this film, for instance, she shows a great range as a young comedic actress who can pull off some drama if she wants. Someone compared here to Lucille Ball. I won’t go that far, but you can see why the comparison was made, because without her comedic instincts, I don’t think this film would have worked in the ways it did.

Daddy. The real heart of this film lies in the relationship between Bynes and the father she never knew. A man who apparently is of Royal blood, or at least some kind of political birth, in England, played by Colin Firth. I really appreciated how they didn’t have is character ignore her, but rather, he embraced her as his daughter, even though she was this strange American who randomly showed up. It was like he knew that she was his. The chemistry between the two as father and daughter is pretty nice and helped make it believable, as well.

What didn’t I like?

Feel. I could be mistaken, but I believe this was Bynes’ first feature film as a star. That being said, it didn’t quite feel like it was written for her. One critic said that it was “a sanitized adventure for the Mary Kate-and-Ashley set”, and it does feel like one of those direct-to-video Mary-Kate and Ashley movies. Things were just too clean. I mean, this might as well have been a Disney movie, but even then it might have been too pristine.

Rival. I’ve noticed something in just about every film, TV show, etc. When there is a rivalry between two people, they tend to have different hair colors. Just an observation, sorry. So, as you can imagine with a picture like this, there is a rivalry between Daphne (Bynes), and the soon to be princess. Here’s the thing about it, though. I felt as if that should have been a bigger part of the film, maybe even taking the forefront. Instead, it was ancillary. I think it could have been taken out and we wouldn’t have noticed. What a way to have an antagonist for our protagonist, eh?

Marketing. This is just an idea, but doesn’t it seem like this film could have easily capitalized on its title by using Christina Aguilera’s mega-hit of the same name? The reception and reviews, as well as the box-office draw weren’t exactly stellar, although it did pen #2 and earned a decent amount of $$$. Using that song might have helped. Yes, I realize there are copyright issues and whatnot, but hey, it was just an idea.

My first thought when I heard What a Girl Wants was a teen comedy is that it was going to be a kiddie version of What Women Want. Truthfully, that may have been the better route to take. Bynes and Firth shine brightly and Kelly Preston does what she can, but the rest on this film seems to be trying to had to recreate the magic of The Princess Diaries, and doing so very badly. That being said, the father-daughter storyline is really what makes this film work, along with Bynes’ comedy, but they aren’t enough to keep the film going for nearly 2 hrs. This is a good Saturday afternoon film with the girls flick, but noting else.

3 out of 5 stars

Old Dogs

Posted in Comedy, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , on December 8, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Dan Rayburn (Robin Williams) and Charlie Reed (John Travolta) are best friends and co-owners of a successful sports marketing firm. Seven years prior, Dan, recently divorced, married Vicki (Kelly Preston) after being whisked away by Charlie for a tropical vacation. The wedding, however, is short lived. Seven years later, Vicki resurfaces to tell Dan that their short marriage resulted in something he never suspected: twins Zach (Conner Rayburn) and Emily (Ella Bleu Travolta).

Vicki, facing jail time for her work as an environmental activist, asks Dan to take care of the kids while she does her time. Thinking this might be his chance to get back with Vicki, Dan agrees, but only if Charlie will help him since neither have any experience taking care of kids. At the same time, the two must finalize a huge marketing deal with a Japanese company; something they’ve always dreamed of, but will take all of their talents to clinch.

Because Dan’s condo does not allow children, he has to board with Charlie. Whilst this is happening, Charlie and Dan are close to securing the biggest account in the history of their careers with a Japanese corporation. Charlie and Dan’s attempts to take care of the kids are well-intentioned, but very misguided. On a trip with the kids to an overnight camp, a hard-nosed camp instructor (Matt Dillon) becomes convinced that Dan and Charlie are homosexual partners. The trip ends with a bang after Dan accidentally sets a beloved statue of the camp’s founder on fire.

The kids then proceed to spill and replace Charlie and Dan’s prescriptions, mixing them up in the process. Dan then must play a game of golf with the Japanese executives while experiencing extreme side effects and Charlie tries to woo Amanda (Lori Loughlin) with a face frozen by the pills.

Desperate to help Dan communicate with the children despite his inexperience with children, Charlie recruits his friend Jimmy Lunchbox (Bernie Mac), a flamboyant children’s entertainer, who is famous around the world. Jimmy comes by and straps Dan and Charlie in motion control puppet suits so Charlie can help Dan make all the right moves with his daughter while having a tea party. The suits malfunction, but Dan speaks from the heart, winning over Emily but his speech makes Jimmy emotional. Everything is great with Vicki as she returns home. However, the guys have sealed their Japanese deal, sending junior associate Craig (Seth Green) to Tokyo. When Craig goes missing after arriving there, Charlie and Dan must fly to Tokyo themselves to work. Dan must leave the kids and Vicki despite his (and their) desire to be a family.

Once in Tokyo, Dan realizes that what he really wants is to be a good father. He leaves the meeting without sealing the deal, rushing with Charlie to Vermont for the kids’ birthday party. They aren’t able to get into the Burlington Zoo in time and are forced to break in with the help of Craig. However, they mistakenly wind up in the gorilla enclosure. Though Dan and Charlie escape, Craig is captured by the gorilla (which takes a strong liking to him).

Dan then steals a jet-pack from a birthday party performer, flying into the ceremony and winning his kids back over. One year later, Dan and Vicki are together, Charlie has married Amanda, and Craig has become like a new “uncle” to the kids

REVIEW:

 A while back, I watched Wild Hogs, which was another Disney film (coincidentally starring John Travolta) about aging men. Today, I took the chance and checked out Old Dogs. I guess the first thing to say is that it is slightly better than Wild Hogs, but not by much.

The basic premise of this film is that two best friends start their own business and, now in their mid 40s, are on the verge of the biggest business deal of their lives. Nothing wrong with that, right? Enter, the plot twist, or should I say children and love interest.

As expected in any Disney film, there are some cutesy kiddie moments, a climatic falling ut of all the major characters, and finally a resolution. Yes, this film is very formulaic, but it works.

Robin Williams is still the master of physical comedy, even in his advanced years, not to mention he can still command the screen with his presence as an actor.

John Travolta as a ladies’ man isn’t a far stretch, especially from what I hear about him from back in the 70s. He basically just channelled his Vinnie Barbarino character for this role, I’d imagine.

Kelly Preston and Lori Loughlin make for good female leads, though they both seemed to be absent for most of the film, which really was a shame.

The children were pretty good, as well, but nothing we haven’t seen in other Disney flicks.

Seth Green. Justin Long, and Matt Dillon make the most of their screentime, as they really ham it up for the cameras and make for some interesting characters, especially Long.

This film wasn’t horrible, and would be a good family film. It really isn’t as bad as critics would have you belive. Granted, it isn’t great, either. While the performances are enjoyable and the formulaic story works, there just seems to be something off about this flick that I just can’t put my finger on. Having said that, I would still recommend this as something to watch with the family.

3 out of 5 stars

Twins

Posted in Classics, Comedy, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Julius and Vincent Benedict are fraternal twins; the results of a secret experiment carried out at a genetics laboratory to produce the perfect child, using sperm donated by six different fathers. The mother, Mary Ann Benedict (who was thought to have died while giving birth to Vincent and Julius) was told that the children died at birth. Accepting this, she had gone on to become a successful artist. The program was considered a failure and shut down because of the conception of the twins, one inheriting the “desirable traits”, and the other, the “genetic trash”.

In fact, the children both survived. Vincent was placed in an orphanage run by nuns in Los Angeles, California whilst Julius was taken to an unnamed South Pacific island and raised by Professor Werner (one of the scientists involved in the experiment) like a modern Doc Savage to become highly intelligent, physically very strong and spiritually pure. He learned to speak twelve languages, and excelled in mathematics, history, science and literature. He was not told about his younger brother until his 35th birthday.

In Los Angeles, with no-one but himself to rely on, Vincent escaped from the orphanage as soon as he was old enough and developed into the ultimate lowlife, involved in shady business deals and car theft and in debt to loan sharks. He is also a womanizer and a smart aleck with a lust for money. He is about to be beaten up by the loan sharks when he is arrested for unpaid parking fines.

Julius is told about his unknown brother by Werner, and comes to Los Angeles to look for him. Highly intelligent, but extremely naïve about the real world his more worldly brother inhabits, he bails Vincent out of jail, and meets Vincent’s on-off-on girlfriend Linda Mason. Knowing little about women, Julius doesn’t understand the flirtatious advances of her blonde sister Marnie (who dislikes Vincent), but eventually falls in love with her.

Using a stolen Cadillac that’s carrying a secret prototype fuel injector, which Vincent is delivering to a rival industrialist in Houston, Texas, the two couples go on a cross-country journey to track down the scientist who was in charge of the experiment, and pressure him to reveal the location of their mother, who they find out has founded an art colony. Visiting the colony, they’re informed their mother died and leave. In reality, the woman who told them of the passing is in fact their mother, but she didn’t believe the story, fearing they were land speculators and since she didn’t even know she had twins. Little do they know that the real contract delivery man for the injector, a hitman known only as “The Webster”, is tracking them. This man has the uncomfortable habit of killing the people who cross him in his business (including his contractors) if they see his face, in order to preserve his identity.

While Julius seems to accept their mother’s death, Vincent however is angry and disappointed, taking it out on Linda and Julius. Vincent storms off, leaving Julius and the girls stranded in New Mexico, and delivers the stolen property in return for five million dollars. But as Vincent is about to return home with the money, the industrialist, Donald “Beetroot” McKinley, is shot and killed by The Webster. Julius saves him from being killed by The Webster, after Linda told him where Vincent was going despite promising earlier that she wouldn’t tell. A cat-and-mouse chase ensues, but Julius is able to stall The Webster long enough for Vincent to release a heavy chain onto his head, killing The Webster and burying him in a mountain of chains. Vincent and Julius make amends, and Julius implores a reluctant Vincent to return the money and the stolen engine. Vincent agrees, but secretly skims off one million.

They return the money, marry the sisters, and use the $50,000 reward money to start up a legitimate consulting business, utilizing Julius’s knowledge and Vincent’s questionable business savvy. As a result of the publicity, their mother tracks them down and they are tearfully reunited (after she tracks down the scientist who told her they died and punches him for lying to her). In the end, both brothers end up having pairs of twins with their respective wives, their mother and Professor Werner as a big happy family.

REVIEW:

Can you picture two more polar opposites of a gene pool than Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito? Short of having  Vincent and Julius be of two different races or one of them ended up being female or an alien or something, I can’t think of a bigger contrast. This is why Twins works. The two of them play up the differences and play them down at the same time.

I’m not familiar with genetics and all that science mumbo jumbo, but it was brought to my attention that this could never happen. The twins would look more alike. sort of like Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno, perhaps? Had they had gone the real route with this, though, I don’t think the film would have worked.

The plot of this picture is actually quite interesting. Schwarzenegger leaves his island paradise where he has been taught all the other things in life to find his long lost twin brother, who is “of the world”. After then meet up, they embark on a trip t find their mom and there is a side plot dealing with a jet engine.

The side plots of the aforementioned jet engine an the loan sharks seemed to be only in there to get Schwarzenegger some action. Though, the loan shark angle helps develop the character of Vincent.

Schwarzenegger and DeVito are the major players in the film, but the girlfriends, played by Kelly Preston and Chloe Webb aren’t too shabby, albeit underused. I kind of felt like they could have been a bigger part of the road trip, especially since they disappeared afer Vncent’s blowup in New Mexico.

Twins was a surprise in that no one though Arnold could do comedy due to him being a bona-fide action star. I like how there is a scene where he stands in front of a Stallone poster, flexes, then laughs. Classic! Do I belive you should check this film out? Why of course? Why wouldn’t I? It is hilarious and has a good story, to boot.

4 out of 5 stars

The Cat in the Hat

Posted in Comedy, Family, Movie Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2009 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

The movie starts with an inside look of Joan’s (Kelly Preston) job at The Humberfloob’s Real Estate, where the employees there are forced to clean their hands constantly either with a sink or a Hand Sanitizer. When Joan is called back to work, she gets a sleepy babysitter to babysit her kids, Conrad (Spencer Breslin) and Sally (Dakota Fanning). Conrad, a 12-year-old boy has 2 problems: He is constantly doing the exact opposite of what he’s supposed to do and causing trouble, and Sally, Conrad’s 8-year-old little sister who obeys the rules. A man named Lawrence Quinn (Alec Baldwin) threatens to marry Joan, and send Conrad away for an 8-hour drive to military school. When Joan leaves, their babysitter, Mrs Kwan (Amy Hill), invites the children to sit with her in the living room and watch television, and then falls asleep. Not long after, it starts to rain and storm outside and the children get bored. But then there is a thud somewhere in the house, and as the children go investigate, the Cat in the Hat (Mike Myers) appears. After The Cat puts Mrs Kwan in the closet, the Fish starts arguing about him being here. The Cat ignores the Fish (even insulting it, saying “Come on, kids, are you gonna listen to him!? He drinks where he pees!”) and then convinces Conrad and Sally to sign a contract which will allow them to have all the fun they want, and will stop anything bad happening.

The fun begins with the Cat standing in front of a window and singing “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny. But we can have lots of good fun that is funny. It’s fun to have fun but you got to know how.” He then magically conjures up a rodeo and a carnival, and then stands on a ball holding up several household items, including a rake, cake, several books, the fish’s bowl, and a fan. Afterwards, they jump on the couch (after the Cat had mechanically retrofitted it.)

When they make cupcakes out of hot dogs, eggs, ketchup, and a fire extinguisher, the cupcakes explode causing a large mess. The Cat tries to clean up the mess with Joan’s dress, much to the horror of Conrad and Sally. The cat then brings in a large red crate, opens it, and releases Thing 1 and Thing 2. Conrad is eager to open the crate. The Cat explains that the crate is a transport to his own world, and warns him not to open it and puts a lock on the crate. The cat then hands Joan’s dress to Things 1 and 2, who fling the mess off the dress and onto the couch. The things then go to work attempting to clean the couch, but end up flinging the spots all over the living room. They then start running around and creating even bigger messes, including throwing ceramic plates across the house and breaking a ceiling light. During the chaos, Conrad picks the lock on the crate, which then scurries off and attaches itself to Nevins the dog’s collar. The Things throw Nevins out the window, and he runs off. Sally fusses over the state of the house, but The Cat warns them that they have more important things to worry about: if they don’t put the lock back on the crate, they’ll be in the middle of “The mother of all messes”. The trio puts the babysitter on the crate, to buy some time, and chase after Nevins.

Meanwhile, Joan’s boyfriend Lawrence sees Nevins running through the street and seizes the opportunity to try to frame Conrad, and just as the television he is watching is being reposessed.

They chase him towards a birthday party, and the Cat gets whacked by a strong kid and blanks out, imagining himself swinging, and wearing a dress. Larry grabs Nevins, and heads for Joan’s office. Conrad, Sally, and the Cat managed to get Nevins back. While The Things distract Joan and Larry, the trio get back home, unaware that the babysitter has fallen off the crate to answer a phone call from Joan and that all terror is breaking loose as the crate erupts. When Conrad, Sally and Larry first enter, the house looks spotless. But when the cat reappears at the doorway, Larry starts sneezing and stumbles backwards, only to have the floor rip out from under him as if it were paper and send him falling from a massive high cliff into the Cat’s world. The children gasp at what has become of the house After a walk on the suspended in mid air front hall carpet and a thrilling ride on Ms Kwan down a large “water slide” ride flowing with pink stuff, they find the crate, now with a big tornado spinning on top of it that is sucking up everything nearby. Conrad eventually manages to put the lock back on the crate, causing the distorted house to straighten itself, but then it collapses, leaving wreckage everywhere. They send the Cat out, but he comes back with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and a cleaning machine called the Dynamic Industrial Renovating Tractormajigger. They clean up the mess, and the house is clean and back together. The Cat leaves, just in time for Joan to come home. Ms Kwan wakes up and tells Joan that the children were “angels.” But then Larry Quinn barges in, covered from head to toe with purple slime and starts telling Joan about the mess and the Seussian world. She sends him away, and things go back to normal. The party goes as scheduled and the kids are told that there purple frosted cupcakes are a “huge hit.” The camera then zooms out to reveal that The Catwas telling the story, and during the credits it’s revealed that Annville is underneath the Universe.

REVIEW:

As a youngster, I used to love this book, so you can just about imagine I had high hopes for this film. Those hopes weren’t completely dashed after watching it, but I was a bit disappointed.

Similar to The Grinch, The Cat in the Hat takes a 12 or so page book and tries make it into 1 1/2 feature film. Unlike The Grinch, thought it doesn’t succeed.

I hate to say this, but I think I’m getting a bit tired of Mike Myers. That’s not to say he’s not funny, but the Cat seemed like his characters from SNL, Austin Powers, and Shrek crammed together in a really bad cat suit. It just didn’t work. Since the cat is the central focus of the entire film, if he doesn’t work, then the film won’t work. Judging from other reviews I’ve read, I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Spence Breslin and Dakota Fanning do the best they can with their parts, but neither character really had the chance to develop because Myers was on the screen about 85% of the film doing his schtick.

Sean Hayes, of Will & Grace fame, is a welcome bright spot who actually steals the show as both Mr. Humblefloob and the Fish.

Thing 1 and Thing 2, while entertaining and an integral part of the book, I felt weren’t used as much as they could have been. I also thought they looked like rejects from Whoville.

Alec Baldwin and Kelly Preston do a pretty good job, but neither character really is necessary, especially Baldwin’s.

As far as adaptations go, I’ve seen much better, but I’ve also seen worse. If you case someone else in the lead role besides Myers, and this film would be 1000x better. Still, the bright colors and light attitude of the film make it a fun experience. However, this is for kids(supposedly) and there are a few references that may be a bit mature for them, but I figure those were put in to appease the adults.

I love the book, as I’ve said, so it hurts me to say that this film is sub-par, but it was. My recommendation is that unless you’re teaching young kids or need something to keep them busy for the babysitter, I would wait until it comes on TV or go see the cartoon version. Better yet, read the book and get the real story.

2 out of 5 stars