Dave Ming Chang (Eddie Murphy), newly arrived in New York City, may be the
ultimate fish out of water. There's something about him that's not quite rightfor
starters, he seems remarkably out of place and uncomfortable in his own body. And for
good reason: "Dave" is not a man at all, but a ship made in the image of its miniaturesized
So let's meet Dave. He's forty-something, pleasant looking and nattily dressed,
even if his attirean all-white suit, black tie and a neat black handkerchief tucked in his
pocketharkens back to the disco-centric '70s. But beyond his odd apparel, there's
something not quite right about Dave. He's definitely not from the neighborhood...not
even close. Even the way he walks is....odd; as he makes his way through the streets of
New York, one of his legs shoots out way too far with each step, like he's not
comfortable in his own body.
And for good reason: inside "Dave" is a crew of well-trained miniature peoplea
world within a worldthat feverishly attempts to direct Dave's every action and conversation. In each section of Dave's "body," a skilled crewperson (average height: one and three-quarters inches), sporting an insignia depicting a specific part of Dave's
anatomy, mans a high tech console controlling Dave's movements.
But Dave's crew, under the direction of the Captain from whom Dave takes his
appearanceis experiencing a steep learning curve. When Dave attempts his first-ever
sip of water, a tremendous wave of water rushes down, drenching everyone inside.
When Dave tries on some clothing, a shirt becomes a cotton beast bent on smothering
him. When he goes in for a simple medical exam, the metallic Dave must battle
formidable magnetic forces from an MRI. And a banquet of processed meat tubes he
learns are called "hot dogs," leads to an explosive situation inside a men's room.
As Davethat is, those inside Daveslowly navigates his way through these
physical challenges, they begin to experience something with even more profound
effects. A glimmer of emotion sweeps over the crew, which hails from a place that
discourages emotion and individuality. Dave is changingfrom the inside-out, and
from the outside-in.
not as bad as critics are panning it as
The little person inside me said this was better than expected.. they lied, Garbage.
I love Eddies' movies. Meet Dave was great and I can't wait to see 1000 words.