Name: Stuart Little
Running Time (minutes): 84
Description: The adventures of a heroic and debonair stalwart mouse named Stuart Little with human qualities, who faces some comic misadventures while searching for his lost bird friend and living with a human family as their child.
Stars: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Yeah, okay, so… I just wanted to watch this one because I’d read so many positive things about Alan Silvestri’s music for this movie, but more about that later.
The voice acting is TERRIBLE. Geena Davis is a total disaster, Hugh Laurie is passable and Michael J Fox isn’t really having too much fun either. He was definitely more inspired when he got to drive the DeLorean. The story is also, like, ten times too absurd for me to accept and now I kind of ‘feel an empty space’. Oh, God, I really need to learn to listen to film scores without seeing the film first urgently.
But the music is definitely the best aspect of this film. Pity such orchestral, fun scores usually come with children’s films and that I had to listen to this film in mono.
Note regarding the audio description: It was quite endearing to hear an American narrator getting so wrapped up in her story.
Name: Runaway Bride
Running Time (minutes): 116
Description: Ike Graham, New York columnist, writes his text always at the last minute. This time, a drunken man in his favourite bar tells Ike about Maggie Carpenter, a woman who always flees from her grooms in the last possible moment. Ike, who does not have the best opinion about females anyway, writes an offensive column without researching the subject thoroughly. The next day, Ike gets fired by his publisher (and former wife), because he went too far and faked the facts, which real journalists don’t do. Ike’s only way back into the business now is to do a fact-based report on Maggie and her upcoming fourth wedding attempt, which Ike predicts to fail again. So, as he circles her like a vulture, his prey-to-be, Maggie’s opinion of Ike sinks below zero. Not only is Ike waiting for her to fail again, but the whole town is poking fun at Maggie about her mistakes. But that is a point which Ike doesn’t like.
Stars: Julia Roberts, Richard Gere and Joan Cusack
Genres: Comedy, Romance
Oh dear, that was a mistake. I watched this one because it got bad reviews, because all the critically acclaimed films I’ve been watching recently didn’t make much of an impression. And this one didn’t either.
The premise was sort of interesting, but what bothered me is how both Maggie’s parents and ‘friends’ all help her prepare wedding after wedding while unashamedly mocking her. Odd people… Oh, and I also knew how it was gonna end (didn’t expect her to run again, though), but was nevertheless not prepared for the cheesy and ridiculous final scenes. Basically, the only thing that kept me watching was Julia Roberts. Oh, and watching a film isn’t really that great if your audio source is a mono MP3 file with a bit rate of 32 KBPS. That was an all-time low.
James Newton Howard’s score, though, is really nice. I’ll definitely be checking it out.
Why didn’t I watch Gravity instead…?