Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mouse Hunt (1997)

Director: Gore Verbinski

Writer: Adam Rifkin

Composer: Alan Silvestri

Starring: Nathan Lane, Lee Evans, Vicki Lewis, Maury Chaykin, Eric Christmas, Michael Jeter, Debra Christofferson, Camilla Soeberg, Ian Abercrombie, William Hickey, Christopher Walken

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Who's hunting who?

Plot: Two stumblebum inheritors are determined to rid their antique house of a mouse who is equally determined to stay where he is.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again?  Probably not but I wouldn't be opposed to it.

For years I figured this was nothing more than a silly kids movie until the insistence of a friend praised it above that.  Nathan Lane is fucking hilarious.  Period.  The film plays out like a live action cartoon short from the 40s and 50s and it works perfectly well as that.  I also dig the sense of time and place and how it's got one foot in the 40s and one in the 90s with its spare use of technology.  It's a silly film where the jokes don't always land but that largely depends on your penchant for slapstick comedy.  Enough of the gags work and there are enough laugh out loud moments to make it worth while.  I adore Lane in this and if you love his funny then that's all the ammo you need to want to see this now.  I'm glad I did.  It's currently streaming on Netflix.

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