The plot is standard fantasy-adventure pulp, though director Joe Dante has so many screwball things going on in it that the comedy all but overwhelms the formulaic line of action.
Short has infinitely more possibilities and makes the most of them, coming into his own as a screen personality as a mild-mannered little guy who rises to an extraordinary situation.
While the anatomical special effects are imaginative enough, the manic rather than magical tone fails to achieve the sense of awe that made Fantastic Voyage -- clearly this film's inspiration -- so fascinating.
It has been made in a style best described as enthusiastic.
| Original Score: 3/5
Here is an absurd, unwieldy, overplotted movie that nevertheless is entertaining - and some of the fun comes from the way the plot keeps laying it on.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's an easy-to-get-along-with movie -- bouncy, rabbity fun.
Innerspace is significant for one thing -- the establishment of Martin Short as the funniest new kid on the Hollywood block. Too bad that's not enough for the sensation-a-second makers of Innerspace.