DIRECTOR - Peter Hewitt
Somewhere between awful and brilliant.
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Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey 1991, PG)
Tom and Huck 1996, PG)
The Borrowers 1998, PG)
I've always quite liked the idea and the story of The Borrowers and as much as I liked the cast and performances of this film, I was constantly confused and distracted by the mix of English and American. Where is this Anglo-American land? Do American kids not watch a film unless at least one cast member is from the United States? Do all English people drive Morris Minors? I wish. Style, if you can call it that, over substance. You can spot late 90's kids films a mile away.
Whatever Happened to Harold Smith? 1999, R)
Princess of Thieves 2001, Unrated)
Thunderpants 2002, PG)
Garfield - The Movie 2004, PG)
The voice actors, esp. Bill Murray did a fine job but I couldn't get why Odie and other characters weren't animated too!? Apart from a few funny moments, this film turns away from any interesting storyline to 'Look what we can do with our fancy computers'. It should have been a 2D cartoon with the original animation. Just because you can, doesn't mean you should! Even for a kids film (even though it should be for original fans!) this is boring!
Zoom 2006, PG)
Zoom is a cross between X-Men, Sky High and The Incredibles but isn't anywhere near as good as either of them. The script is awful. The story had a lot going for it but it concentrates to much on less important aspects rather than what the film is all about. it's nice to see Chevy Chase again, shame it was in this though. Watch Tim Allen closely, you can just see him dying of shame in every scene.
The Maiden Heist 2009, PG-13)
The central idea is a sweet one but the story/plot is full of gaps and holes and pointless subplots, basically it's the worst kind of Heist film in that respect. It doesn't help that it was totally mis-sold as a real crime caper instead of the light-hearted comedy that it real is. The front cover of the copy I watched (the UK version) has a picture of all three actors holding guns, something that none of them did in the film. Why do that I wonder, no one is going to thank or trust you for tricking them into seeing something they don't necessarily want to see. The minds of greedy producers eh! The Heist or The Maiden Heist isn't a great Heist film but the idea and more importantly, the four main actors Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, William H. Macy and Marcia Gay Harden make it highly watchable and very likable. It's this likability that is so strong that you will forgive most it's flaws and enjoy, I did anyway.
Home Alone: The Holiday Heist 2012, Unrated)