Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies have always been a hit or miss for me. More misses than hits but I realize there is a logical explanation as to why. Reasons besides low budgets, terrible actors and movie scripts. Before your spoiler alert neurons start telling you to stop reading, please note, I will not be posting any spoilers for the movies referenced below. *Cough, everyone dies. Just kidding.
While I have always found the possibility of life outside of the Earth’s sphere interesting, this interest has rarely transcended into movie choices. Cheesy aliens with big eyes, big heads, 4 ft, with green bodies have never been my preference. When movies become too “science-y” and yes there is such a thing, something in my brain shuts down. Quantum Physics, Black holes, and Mankowski Continuum (Thank you google), cause my short attention span to run the other way.
Well I should say it was the case…until a few years ago. Movies like Avatar, Star Wars, Star Trek, Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian, and Arrival have changed my mind. I love these movies. I know some of the movies listed above are on the Sci Fi/Fantasy line. I spent months reading books about planets and species from Star Wars. I am looking forward to seeing Rogue One next month. Last year, Chris and I waited in the rain for two hours just to see The Force Awakens.#MayTheForceBeWithYou
Gravity really hit home in regards to the speck of dust (speak for yourself) we are in relation to the universe. The Martian doesn’t really count. Matt Damon plays a charismatic (sorry Chris) sarcastically funny character. If like my former self, you hate scientific terms, you would give this one a pass. Interstellar talked about dimensions but in a way that I understood. I really enjoyed it!
We went to the movies last night to see the newest “science-y” release, Arrival. Popcorn and reclining seats for the win! The movie has a strong focus on language. The study of linguistics is thoroughly impressive and I never realized how much there is to break down. I’ve found this interesting before in movies such as The Interpreter and Nell (There are many others). I plan on reading Ted Chiang’s short story Story of Your Life this week along with the rest of the world! Have you seen it?
I can proudly say I welcome science. The more the better. Now, I have to go back and watch movies like Close encounters of the third kind, A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, Blade Runner etc. Any other recommendations?