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5.0 out of 5 stars "Maybe there is a Starfighter left."
Hot on the heels of the then-defunct Star Wars franchise came The Last Starfighter. There had been other copycat films before (see: Battlestar Galactica) but none were as successful as The Last Starfighter. The theme that they both have in common was the young boy, stuck in the doldrums of his daily life, aching to get away and make something of himself. The Last...
Published on Sept. 8 2010 by LeBrain
3.0 out of 5 stars Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - fighter
This film is populated by stock characters. The hero, a senior teen, wants to get away from the trailer park where he lives with his mother and is the de facto handyman. His girlfriend is a sweet person whose chief concern besides the the hero is her "granny". The hero's little brother about age eleven has a collection of Playboy magazines and is kept in line by the...
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Maybe there is a Starfighter left.",
This review is from: Last Starfighter [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Hot on the heels of the then-defunct Star Wars franchise came The Last Starfighter. There had been other copycat films before (see: Battlestar Galactica) but none were as successful as The Last Starfighter. The theme that they both have in common was the young boy, stuck in the doldrums of his daily life, aching to get away and make something of himself. The Last Starfighter wore its theme on its sleeve. Like Otis says in the opening scenes, "When life gives you a chance, you gotta grab on with both hands and hang on tight!"
I recently re-watched my old DVD and was shocked to see how bad that 1998 release looked. Certain frames had sections that were washed out, I could see a hair on the film, and there were plenty of scratches that begged for digital restoration. I immediately went out and bought the blu-ray. Suddenly, everything was crisp and clear in glorious 1080p hi-def. All the defects I noticed before had been cleaned up. The film looks great!
Alex Rogan (Lance Guest) is your average American teen living somewhere in the southern states (Arizona? New Mexico?) in a trailer park. His application for a loan has been rejected and it looks like he's going to be stuck going to city college with the locals. His dream of finally getting out has been quashed. However, Alex has a talent -- more accurately, "the gift" -- to be a Starfighter. Only he doesn't know it yet. All he knows is that he just scored 1,000,000 points on a video game called "Starfighter".
Light years away, the peaceful planet of Rylos is about to be invaded by the traitor Xur, who has declared himself Emperor (Star Wars?), and the deadly Kodan armada. Rylos' best hope are the Starfighters: an elite group of fighters who have mastered the gunnary station aboard the powerful Gunstar starships. And that video game was more than a game. It was simulator, planted there by the alien Centauri (Robert Preston in his final role), and designed to find someone with "the gift" to be a Starfighter.
In short order, Centauri appears, as a 70 year old man in a (then) futuristic car. He whisks Alex away across the lightyears to Rylos where the whole situation is explained to him. One problem though: Alex doesn't want to go. He doesn't want to die for a war he'd never heard of before, far from home. Will he eventually remember Otis' advice? Will he grab hold of this chance with both hands and hold on tight?
What made The Last Starfighter unique was that it had a dual plot. While Alex has been swept away to the stars, he has been replaced back home with a Beta unit that looks exactly like him. These scenes ground the movie and provide much of the comedy relief, as Beta tries to understand Alex's girlfriend Maggie (Mary Catherine Stewart). Beta also doubles as a a target, a decoy. Once Xur learns that there might be a Starfighter on Earth, he sends a (really cool looking) Zandozan assassin to eliminate him.
Humour, action, cool looking aliens and fascinating early CG animation all make The Last Starfighter an interesting viewing. Although now it looks horribly dated, it is easy to overlook the primitive CG and just get into the story and characters. The only way this movie could work, then and now, is if you can suspend your disbelief and get into the characters. Thankfully, some stellar performances make that easy to do.
Bonus features are excellent. The original DVD documentary from the 90's is included, as well as a brand new one in 1080i hi-def. Both Lance Guest and Mary Catherine Stewart appear and provide fascinating insight. As a kid, I always suspected that the Beta version of Guest was wearing a wig as the hair never looked right. Guest confirms this: Many of the Beta scenes were added as an afterthought, and he had already cut his hair. Stewart is good humoured about her awful Michael Bay moment ("I love you Alex Rogan").
The Last Starfighter, while looking dated, is still a timeless story and it should still grab the imaginations of kids today. It certainly still holds mine.
5.0 out of 5 stars love,
This review is from: The Last Starfighter (25th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Sous-titres français) (Blu-ray)I love the moive it reminded me of when I was a kids at the moives would love to buy more good moives
5.0 out of 5 stars the last starfighter,
This review is from: The Last Starfighter (Version française) (DVD)everything was in perfect standing order.this a great movie i love very much..and i love answer about movie and good in my collection..
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Flick,
This review is from: The Last Starfighter (25th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Sous-titres français) (Blu-ray)Love this classic film! I ordered on Saturday and got it on the Monday I don't know how they did it but Wow!
5.0 out of 5 stars buy me,
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Starfighter,
3.0 out of 5 stars Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - fighter,
What brings the two sides together is an arcade starfighter game which the hero learns to use so well he breaks the record. On the heels of that success comes an alien, a galactic headhunter, drawn there by the hero's success. Eventually , the hero trained by the arcade game as a gunner is teamed with a reptilian mercinary pilot, to whom the hero refer as a "gung ho iguana". Through circumstances, the pair become all that is left of the defence force.
What separates this plot and its characters from a rejected Star Trek episode is Centauri, the headhunter, played with great gusto by Robert Preston in his best Prof. Harold Hill voice and manner from The Music Man. He lights up the sky and the film.
The special effects are primitive but adequate; the aliens interesting enough. For all its limitations, the film is a pleasant enough evening's entertainment.
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit cheesy,
I guess my memory is failing me - I thought I liked it when I was younger.
Robert Preston is the only thing worth watching in this awfully scripted movie, and he is greatly under used and given horrible lines to speak.
The movie is hurried and has huge opportunities for character and plot development which it shamefully wastes.
And the special effects are dreadful - not even up to par for the technology available at that time.
What a waste of a good story and talent.
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun,
This review is from: The Last Starfighter (25th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray + DVD) (Sous-titres français) (Blu-ray)The Last Starfighter is one of those films that I could watch over and over. It's a great adventure story for kids and adults. Its many space battle scenes were created using early 80's CGI and don't look as "real" as some more modern space films, but they were clearly made with a pioneer's enthusiasm, which shows. Personally, I always enjoyed the scenes "back home" at the trailer park with all the crazy characters and humble charm. This Blu-ray version looks and sounds great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my fondest memories...,
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This review is from: The Last Starfighter (Collector's Edition) (Widescreen) (DVD)One of the fondest memories of my childhood was watching this movie while eating a Chef-Boy-Ardee sausage pizza. (remember those?) Many hot summer days were spent enjoying the adventure of Alex Rogan travelling to Rylos and realizing his dreams and his destiny as a Starfighter with his navigator, Grigg. This is one of those inexplicably optimistic films that popped up in the 80's. Despite the fact that the special effects may look dated now, the story is timeless and well written for this genre. The video presentation on this DVD is rather crisp and clear but the audio could be a "little" better. Still, this is a wonderful film for kids and nostalgic adults alike. Oh, the extras are nice as well. I hadn't seen the "Making of" documentary since it appeared on HBO when I was a kid. This is a wonderful film.
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