The Last Starfighter

Year Released: 1984
Main Stars: Some old dude who looks very familiar from musicals, think it was Robert Preston.
Last watched: August 2011
Number Watches: 1

“You have been recruited by star league to defend the frontier…”

Tron was the other film of this time to be the forerunners of proper full-on computer animation stuff and Tron looks good but with a duff script. At the risk of seeming to be mad, I think Last Starfighter has a better story and better acting. Ok, it looks bad. The graphics look like their not finished yet and there’s definately a cheap quality going on but it has something to the script and the film quality that is a little appealing.

Good direction and camera work as well as good lighting shine along side the nice character acting in the trailer park so don’t be too harsh on it. The music is quite complimentary too, not at all annoying and there’s cosy humour to boot. That said, this one needs a remake. Some films should never be sequelled or redone. This could do with one or the other cause as it stands right now there’s only a chance your kids will like it. There was a plan to do another one but I don’t think it happened.

I had to force my wife to watch this. She wasn’t happy. She wanted to watch some Buffy episodes. It was a difficult decision for me too but, for you, loyal reader, for you. And you know what? I’m glad I did.

I just wouldn’t do it again and, seriously, it’s not one you’d thank me for recommending. Kids only I think.

Keep DVD?
Watch if on TV?
Snog, Marry, Avoid?
Not even as the last starfighter.


About Simon Trail

I'm just another film watcher with an opinion.
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