Directed By: Joe Dante
Written By: Chip Proser and Jeffery Boam
This is one of the first movies I remember falling in love with. I must have watched it a hundred times as a child. It brings back fond memories of summer vacations at my grandparent’s house. They owned the movie and never cared how many times I watched it. I can’t pinpoint how old I was when I first saw it but there was a lot to it that I wouldn’t understand for a long time. This movie does have a PG rating though and offers very little on the inappropriate side. I still think it is an awesome movie today and always enjoy watching it again.
This movie is great because it is both exciting and funny. The story is so imaginative and I haven’t seen any other quite like it. I like the idea of miniaturization technology, I think the two main characters were well developed and well played, and I think the bad guys were all perfect. Tuck and Jack couldn’t be more different as characters and they are both thrust together in this unlikely situation that will test both of them. One is completely isolated and unaware of what’s going on so he just goes about doing his job. The other is a hypochondriac that nobody wants to pay any attention to when someone starts tinkering around inside of him. They have to struggle with one another before figuring out how to work together and overcome the real dangers at hand. The villains in this movie are so good too. Mr. Igoe may be a bit too much of a terminator rip-off but I didn’t know that when I watched this movie as a child and I’ll excuse it today. All I knew then was that he was scary and could shoot bullets from his fingers, but isn’t that enough? Totally awesome. I like the fiery redheaded villainess Dr. Margaret Canker with her ruthless attitude and powerful sexuality. All villains need a strong and dangerous boss to lead them and Scrimshaw filled that role nicely in his debonair white suits. The Cowboy can’t go unmentioned here, another great villain that came with his own theme music.
The funny thing about Dennis Quaid and Martin Short in the lead roles here is that they have such terrific chemistry despite not having any on screen time together until the end of the movie. Quaid plays his more masculine role with charisma and wit. While Short is the polar opposite and quite funny in the part. Meg Ryan was young and beautiful as the female lead. She plays a strong character that is quick to action when things get heavy. As great as Quaid and Short are in this movie they still managed to be showed up by Meg Ryan, she is an ultimate badass in this movie as Lydia. Robert Picardo has his moment playing a really cool part as the Cowboy.
The movie gets a bit cheesy when Tuck is transported back and forth between Lydia and Jack by kissing but that’s the 80’s baby. That kind of thing can be excused today as simply a campy element of the era. I think this movie has Spielberg’s fingerprints all over it, to its great advantage. Spielberg is one of the greatest directors of all time but as good as he is in that role he has never been short of great as a producer. He has had his hand in so many great films over the years; there is no end to what he has given us as fans.
This movie was set up for a sequel and to this day I am still disappointed that it was never made. I for one would have loved to see a continuation to this story. It never happened though and I am not sure why. I think this movie is worth your time because it is funny and entertaining. I do have a special place in my heart for it though because of the nostalgic feeling it gives me. If you know this movie let me know what you think about it because I am interested to hear other opinions about it.
I guess this movie is ok. I don’t really know. I know Ryan loves this movie, but I have only seen it a handful of times and that was recently. Maybe if I could appreciate the pure cheesiness of it all. In any case here is the poster, for which I have few words.
“This poster needs a bright yellow starburst.” -Said no designer ever.
NEXT MOVIE: Inside Man (2006)