Inspector Gadget is another bad movie that I love from my childhood. I’ve also seen it several times and I know pretty much every line in the movie. It’s a lot easier to like it if you’ve A, not seen the cartoon, or B, are a child who doesn’t know any better. Well I was both, so Inspector Gadget is one of my guiltiest guilty pleasures I’ve ever seen. I completely understand the criticism. I’m even completely fine with ripping on it, but the nostalgia I feel for the movie is just too strong. Along with seeing it in theaters, I remember I used to watch Inspector Gadget a lot. There was also a very cool Happy Meal toy that came with the movie. It was eight separate toys that when you put them all together, it makes a big action figure of Inspector Gadget. I also have a bit of a sentimental attachment to the VHS tape. Believe it or not, the opening and closing with the trailers and stuff lasted a full 14 minutes (and I watched every bit of it). Now let’s talk about the problem with the movie. I’ve seen the show, but I wouldn’t call myself an expert. I just know the basics. Inspector Gadget is a bumbling idiot, his niece Penny and her dog Brain do most of the work, and Dr. Claw’s face is never shown. It’s very unusual that the movie Inspector Gadget manages to get almost everything wrong. Matthew Broderick was a weird choice and Rupert Everett was an even weirder choice to play Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw respectively. It’s goofy, it’s badly acted, it barely honors the source material, but gosh darnit I still love it. Only 90’s kids will understand.
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