Honey, I reviewed the Movie
Ah, movies from my youth... Sometimes they're seen and forgotten but every now and then there are certain movies that are so memorable that you just can't help but feel that amazing sense of happy nostalgia that makes you long for the good ol' days of childhood. 'Honey, I Shrunk the Kids' is definitely one of those movies that has always stayed with me because of it's creativity and amazing visual breakthroughs. I was only eight when I saw the movie but I already knew it was something I was going to love and well, I guess I was right!
Wayne Szalinski, played by Rick Moranis, is an oddball and out of luck inventor who just isn't having a good time lately. He's temporarily separated from his wife and his pitch for his Shrink Ray is just not going the way he wanted. Now, this doesn't sound like an amazing adventure movie just yet but don't worry, it gets better and it all starts with a baseball.
Wayne's kids are your are two of the typical archetypes for a children's movie of the era: a teenage daughter who can't wait to go to the dance and a nerdy son that wants to follow in his fathers footsteps. Did I forget anything? Ah yes, don't forget about the trouble maker and the disinterested son because they're living next door. One honest mistake with a baseball going through the Szalinski's attic window leads to an accidental activation of the shrink ray and four children with nothing in common are thrust into an adventure that will change their lives and the lives of their families forever.
Once the children were "shrunk" you realize that this movie is not like anything else you've seen. The visual effects were nothing short of spectacular at it's time of release and as an eight year old when I saw this movie in theatres my imagination opened up like fireworks going off on the forth of July. For me, many movies have offered a whole new light to perspectives and 'Honey, I shrunk the Kids' made me realize that size isn't everything and that in the backyard there's a whole new world to explore and all you have to do is look for it.
In this new world of gigantic sky scrapers made of grass and insects that could pass as Mammoth in size, the children learn that they will need each other if they want to survive and this isn't just some cutesy Walt Disney feel good friendship, if these four kids can't work together and build trust they will die because even a drop of water is deadly when you're only 1/4 of an inch tall.
It's a fantastical adventure that still manages to capture the attention and imagination of anyone I know who's watched it over the years, the movie and its visuals seem to stand up pretty well compared to many movies that have come and gone, it's managed to outlive the few sequels that were spawned and a television show that most people probably don't even know existed. What small things were lacking in the plot were made up for by creating a vast new world for children to experience life in a way they may never have imagined. But don't worry if you think this movie is only for kids because that nostalgia feeling I mentioned earlier, it's sure is a good feeling.
Ah, this brings back memories... good memories. :)
Movie trailers were kind of different back then, weren't they?
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Last updated on March 19, 2014
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