Awards season always makes me think of my favorite movies, films which are truly deserving of accolades and attention. While I nod in appreciation toward this year’s Golden Globe winners, especially my beloved Natalie Portman and Colin Firth, I must redirect your attention toward the unsung yet nonetheless deserving cinematic masterpieces of yesteryear.
Please note the MovieFone synopsis (abridged):
“The year is 1978: 12-year-old David Freeman, playing in the woods near his home, is knocked unconscious. He awakens and heads home, only to find strangers living there. He also finds that the year is 1986, and that he’s been officially missing for eight years. NASA officials determine that David was abducted by aliens, and hope to scan the boy’s brain in order to unlock a few secrets of the universe. Answering the call of a strange, unseen force, David boards a spaceship and takes off, guided by the jocular voice of a computer named MAX. Realizing that he can’t fit in to 1986 so long as he’s a child of the ’70s, David hopes to retrace the steps of his alien abductors and get back to his own time.”
Observe my favorite scene, wherein our hero and his newfound alien friend rock out to the Beach Boys:
Best Actor and Actress in a Supporting Role go to Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee!) as alien MAX and none other than SJP as Carolyn McAdams, respectively. No matter how much I hate Carrie Bradshaw, I will always love Sarah Jessica Parker for embodying the best of the ’80s in this role.
To the best of my knowledge, Flight of the Navigator didn’t clean up any “significant” Hollywood awards, but the work speaks for itself. Art of this level is not always commercially embraced in its time…but I recognize it from my humble platform nonetheless.
Please feel free to share your character analyses, favorite lines, sequel ideas, and submissions of other award-worthy films in the Comments.