Monday, September 10, 2012
Photo: Movie poster, from its Wikipedia site
See this movie on cable for the story, the emotion, the great framed shots, the special effects, and the film nostalgia. It pays homage, in ways small and large, to the following films:
--The Thing (the original, according to Roger Ebert's 3 1/2 star review; I only saw Carpenter's 1982 film version)
--The Blob (bad 80s version)
--Every teenage schmaltzy 80s movie with a girl with a bad father. Say Anything comes to mind here. So does Forrest Gump (I know that's a 90s film), but in a much different way.
--Every schmaltzy 50s movie with a town taken over by an alien, and the army takes over, and there's a professor (called "perfessor") somewhere, acting goofy.
--The Stand (Okay, that's a miniseries, but still very much there)
--Every so-bad-it's-good zombie movie, including Night of the Living Dead
This movie, essentially, is a combination, mostly, of The Goonies, E.T. and Close Encounters, with an alien that's a little Aliens, a little Independence Day, and a little Close Encounters (with the boy at the end) and a little Starman, too, I suppose. And, of course, all he wants to do is get back home, like E.T. But he strings up townspeople for food, a la Aliens, and kills quite a few of them, and the Air Force guys (usually in movies like this, they're Army guys), a la Aliens, and The Thing, but without the paranoia and Cold War social discourse.
I could re-write this blog entry and come up with a completely different homage-summary, and still be correct with that, too. In fact, I have to throw in a tiny bit of Jaws, for the community-meeting thing run by the sheriff, and, now that I think about it, a tiny bit of Red Dawn and The Thing, because a woman stands up at this meeting and insists that the recent power outages and power-source thefts were due to "the Soviets."
I wonder if teens today would enjoy this as much as folks my age, and older. I think they might--but not as much. Too bad for them. For God's sake, finally something good comes with getting older.