Richard Mathesonâ€™s Tom Thumb for the atomic age is part character study, part action movie. The first half of the film focuses on Scott Careyâ€™s gradual disintegration, both mental and physical and gets the audience to empathise with Carey, thanks to a terrific performance from Grant Williams. Then weâ€™re thrown down the cellar with him, into a primal world where food must be won and life is threatened by a creature as fearsome as any horror movie monster, before ultimately reaching a philosophical climax that leaves the film with a note of optimism.
The set design is amazing, Mathesonâ€™s script, from his own novel, is literate and moving and Jack Arnoldâ€™s direction fuses them together to create a true science fiction masterpiece. This is probably my favourite â€˜50s SF movies and one I never get tired of watching. Given how good he is here Iâ€™ve never understood why Grant Williams got stuck in B Movies and TV.
I think this is also the film thatâ€™s responsible for my fear of spiders.
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