CHILDREN’S SCI-FI FANTASY
The last time Eddie Murphy united with director Brian Robbins, audiences got Norbit as a result. Now, one of the least eagerly anticipated reunions in cinema history invites us to Meet Dave. The result is only marginally better than their dreadful first collaboration.
No stranger to dual roles, Murphy plays Dave Ming Chang, a spaceship made in the image of its miniature-sized captain (also Murphy) who has landed on Earth on a mission to save his planet. In spaceship form, Dave can venture about New York (his voice and actions controlled by the miniature crew inside) attempting to find a device that will drain the Earth’s oceans and supply his own planet with the minerals it needs to survive. But complications occur when Dave starts falling for an attractive single mother (Elizabeth Banks), whose son (Austin Lynd Myers) holds the ocean-draining device, and when the ship’s crew starts behaving erratically and imitating humans.
The ‘high-concept’ comedy that follows mostly revolves around juvenile toilet gags and Murphy’s ability to pull silly facial expressions. But, while younger viewers may chuckle, older ones will rue the numerous plot lapses, wafer-thin characters and a go-for-broke finale that attempts to fuse Terminator-style carnage with Honey, I Shrunk the Kids-inspired fantasy. You really shouldn’t bother meeting Dave.
General release from Fri 18 Jul.