Blockbusters are getting bigger. Huge spectacles and enormous thrills are paraded across giant visuals and huge story-lines containing as many gigantic heroes as humanly possible. But size isn’t everything. This month, we’re celebrating that good things sometimes come in the smallest of packages, including two of our favourite pocket-sized heroes, Ant-Man and the Wasp – a couple of rogues who use technology to shrink down and defeat the bad guys. In honour of the miniature marvels, we’re looking at the teeniest and tiniest of heroes.
The Devil-Doll (1936)
Freaks director Tod Browning makes a horror film out of all things small. The film revolves around a falsely accused convict who uses a dastardly formula to get revenge on those who have wronged him, selling them as dolls. This move is a dark vision with impressive technical camera-work skill to bring the look of those shrunk.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
As part of the Universal Monsters line-up, The Incredible Shrinking Man sees a man who, on holiday, is enveloped by a weird cloud and suddenly, day by day, starts getting small. Surprisingly covering soulful questions and handling the movie sensitively, Jack Arnold’s work is not without its chilling thrills.
Gremlin’s director Joe Dante goes to small lengths in this science fiction comedy film. Starring the aptly named Martin Short and Dennis Quaid, the film revolves around a naval aviator who is accidentally injected into the body of hypochondriac Jack Putter. Together, the pair has to stop a nefarious plot. A dumb, silly caper, this is a brilliant
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
A wondrous adventure right in the middle of your back-garden, Joe Johnston’s epic movie was a childhood staple. The film sees mad inventor Wayne Szalinski’s (played impeccably by Rick Moranis) latest machine accidentally shrink both their and their neighbours’ children. From the tiniest ants to a moth, the kids have to find their way back home and get the human size. Fun for all the family, you’ll never look at a bowl of cereal in the same way.
Based on The Borrowers by Mary Norton, Hiromasa Yonebayashi accomplished work is a breathtakingly spectacular movie that received high praise. The Studio Ghibli masterpiece follows the story of the lead character and her tiny family as they “steal” household items from humans whilst trying to deter detection. Arriety befriends the young Sho in an endearing and brilliant film that has just incredible animation.
Alexander Payne’s latest dramedy sees the world in a resource crisis. The only successful way to solve it is to miniaturise the human population. When Matt Damon’s Paul Safranek is shrunk, he finds himself lost in a small world. This humorous but in-depth look at the environmental impact of humanity as well as our own responsibility to help our fellow man.