This was a movie that had it all, Aliens, action and Pee Wee Herman?! Well at least his voice. There are just some films that really spoke to you and others that were just plain fun. This one is both and every time I watch it, I am transported back to being a kid.
Todays Key Movie:
In 1978 a young boy is abducted by a lost alien ship only to be returned but 8 years in the future. David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is a boy out of time, armed with the alien’s navigational charts in his head, he tries to find his way home with the help of a wisecracking alien robot nicknamed Max. With NASA and other government scientists on his trail, Joey must outthink and out maneuver them at every turn.
Why this movie?
Once upon a time Disney made fun family friendly movies that covered everything from scifi to horror. Most of them were family of the friendly fare but very few were ever blockbusters. Some of my favorite films growing up came out of these movies and this was certainly one of them.
I vividly remember watching this film for the first time and desperately wanted an alien encounter like Joey’s for years after. The chance to fly a cool spaceship and talk with a crazy Alien robot was a dream for me and this movie was a chance to live vicariously through the lead character.
Another aspect that really connected with me is, like Fox Mulder of the X-Files, I Want to believe. Ever since I was a kid, I have always hoped and dreamed for alien life to be real. There is something very lonely (and somewhat conceited) about believing that we are the only forms of life in the Universe. One of my biggest wishes is to find out before I die, definitively, that we are not alone. I’ve seen some strange things in my life, but I need to know if they were real.
Okay, you like this film, but is it really a ‘good film’?
This is a quality film that is absolutely safe for the whole family. It is a great way to start your kids on the road to fantastic sci fi movies and is sure to be a favorite of theirs as well.
With great parts from Paul Reubens as the voice of Max, a very young Sarah Jessica Parker as a kind NASA scientist and even Veronica Cartwright (of Alien fame) as David’s mother, this movie has a stellar cast that hits every mark. Not only the actors but everything else about it works perfectly, the pacing is excellent and even the special effects are tremendous even for today’s standards. This last bit all but proves that practical effects will always outlast digital in the long run and, if you have a good story, half your work is done for you.
OK, where do I get this movie?
You can typically pick this one up anywhere movies are sold. I recently grabbed a digital copy for around $10 but if you must have a physical edition you can get one here for around $6. It is absolutely worth it and should be in any sci fi fan’s collection.
Late To The Game 6/28/18
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