The Last Starfighter (1984)
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Robert Preston is STILL amazing, even in his last movie role.
It's certainly not a great movie, but I don't think it's supposed to be. I think it's supposed to be exactly what it is: fun, cute, and an enjoyable ride.
Cult favorite The Last Starfighter, the prototypical 80s fantasy of having your arcade game "investment" turning into real world skills. From the director and designer commentary, they set out to make a corny family film, and they succeeded at that. Something to watch with your kids on a rainy Saturday afternoon, and not to be taken seriously, though it does act as a metaphor for moving from home and growing up. And of course, it's historically the first film to use CGI for an entire film to render photo-real elements (sorry, Tron!). And these stand up for the most part, even if they seem dated today. Not far off from such tv productions as Babylon 5 or Space: Above and Beyond. It's the script that doesn't really rise to the occasion. Either there should have been more comedy in the outer space stuff, or the outer space stuff needed to be more fleshed out, but as is, The Last Starfighter is merely "pleasant".
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