“Greetings, Starfighter. You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Ko-Dan armada.”
Last year for about five months, I wrote a weekly post for Fogs Movie Reviews, under the title “Movies I Want Everyone to See“. I had a lot of fun doing so, but the site folded and I was left with a list of films I still wanted to talk about and had not yet had the chance. “The Last Starfighter” is one of those movies. It has a great concept, groundbreaking special effects, a wonderful script and a cast that includes a couple of old school actors, hamming it up and having a great time. Lucky for me this movie came out in 1984, at this particular time. I now get to cross it off of my list of movies I want to do a post on and have not, and it is a great palate cleanser for the three losers that preceded it on this project.
I have a very vivid memory of the first time I saw this. It was actually a week before it opened in a sneak preview screening that followed a return visit to the Enterprise and “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock“. In the 1980s, a lot of films gave out promotional pinback buttons with artwork from the poster or the movie. I have three or four from this screening in a box in the garage from that sneak preview. Continue reading →
For a number of years, the knock on the Star Trek films was that the even numbered ones were the only ones that were any good. Looking at the pedigree, you can see why people might feel that way. “The Wrath of Khan” got Trek so much more effectively than “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”. The public ate up “the Voyage Home” with it’s time travel,whale rescue, fish out of water story, and compared to the underfunded and somewhat awkward “Final Frontier”, it looks like maybe there is a trend. The problem with that theory however is that you would have to dismiss this crackerjack third entry in the series for your generalization to be true, and that would be a huge mistake.
“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock” had a number of things going against it from the start but it also had several strong elements in it’s favor. In the long run, I believe that the positives far outweigh the negatives and that the film can stand on it’s own proudly as an example of of the resilience of the franchise and the talents of the cast and crew. I try to avoid spoilers in my posts, but all of the elements of this movie can potentially spoil a plot point, so read on only if you have already seen this film.