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|Sherlock Holmes (Warner Home Video) Okay, this one definitely isn't for kids but, rather, for
grown ups with a kid's sensibility. It's like the perfect Saturday matinee reimagined for adults. This
delightful, action packed romp finds director Guy Ritchie employing every trick in his arsenal, plenty
of buddy by play between stars Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law and a fairly diverting mystery as well
- all set in the eye popping London Victorian era. No, not for the kiddies but for their weary parents.
And I loved the movie's child-like exuberance and Downey's droll performance, along with the witty
score by Hans Zimmer. A brief making of doc is the only extra.
Ponyo (Disney) This one definitely IS for the kiddies. Japanese 2D animation genius Hayao
Miyazaki returns with this imaginative variation on The Little Mermaid. Not as fanciful as Spirited Away
or my favorite Miyazaki, Howl's Moving Castle, this is still a visual feast for both adults and children.
The usual assortment of A-List Hollywood talents have been employed to do the Stateside version of
the film, among them Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, and Cate Blanchett.
Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox) Gen-X attitude poured through the Roald Dahl children's classic and
conveyed through stop motion animation is the stroke of inspiration that drives this whimsical,
winning Wes Anderson movie that will be enjoyed equally by big kids and little. The amazingly
detailed visuals, the voice talents of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, et al, and the witty score of
Alexandre Desplat make this a repeated delight.
Where the Wild Things Are (Warner Home Video) Director Spike Jonzes and writer Dave Eggers
flesh out the Maurice Sendack kid's classic in this wildly inventive, melancholy film that really isn't for
children (I'm afraid they'd be frightened and/or bored) but will strike all sorts of familiar cords with
their anxiety ridden parents, and other older relatives. A lovely, original cinematic experience worth
having another look at. The voice talents of James Gandolofini, Catherine O'Hara, etc. add
immeasurably to the offbeat approach of the filmmakers..