As a child I definitely found my inspiration from sci-fi movies. As I grew older, though, the love I had for them diminished as my taste in movies ‘matured’. Eventually it died along with any interest in space movies like Star Wars, Stargate and Starship Troopers.
I was about 24 when Alfonso Cuarons Gravity was released in theatres. Since then the love I had for these sci-fi gems was reignited. It also sparked a ‘director crush’ for Cuaron but that’s another article.
I realised space movies were becoming more awesome. Despite my own ignorance, they never actually ceased being awesome. They always were, I just didn’t see it.
As I started viewing more recent movies set in space: The Martian, Wall E, Interstellar, Guardians of the Galaxy, JJ Abrams’ Star Trek, Star Wars VII and tons more I started becoming more and more interested (or should I say re-interested) in the classics like the original Star Wars trilogy.
There are a few reasons why I love these films, which hopefully will make you love them too.
- Space movies tickle our imaginations and give us permission to dream about what could be.
Having a love for space movies gave me a greater interest and appreciation for the real universe. They make me want to explore worlds greater than my own. They show me endless possibilities.
Movies set in space are often fantastical. The stories are often just make believe and explore ‘what-if’ scenarios. However, even though the genre title literally has the word ‘fiction’ in it – they still ask real questions.
They still make me think about what else might be out there.
I believe these movies are so popular in general because they almost confirm suspicions and fantasies already hiding in the back of everyone’s mind. They also act as a reminder of such thoughts.
There’s something hardwired into our cores making us long for something else. Space movies give us a glimpse of what could be.
They’re usually ridiculous ideas thought up by another human being. However, when those ideas are completely wrong, the mysteries of the universe grow and cause us to keep searching for the real truth.
- Space movies can teach us valuable lessons other genres can’t.
As human beings we look to space because we want to confirm our suspicions of not being alone. We search for meaning and longing through fantasising about space and often it does teach us valuable lessons.
When we watch a movie about aliens attacking, the story often portrays the entire human race uniting together as one species toward one common goal, protecting themselves and each other because they value the importance of human life.
They put aside their petty little differences when they realise nothing else matters because they really are just one big family and the earth is their home.
- It’s ok if some space movies are still terrible.
After my interest for space movies was reignited, it also helped me to understand some of them are still terrible. #starwarsprequals.
Those movies came out when I was a child. I loved them. I was too young and naive to know they were terrible, I just enjoyed the flashy lightsaber SFX and Jar Jar Binks – I was his target audience.
(Let’s just use George Lucas as a metaphor for anyone taking risks with sci-fi and failing.)
Even though movies like these kind of flaked, they were still somebody’s dreams and ideas, which they formed into reality.
Not everything works, but that’s ok. I’m sure there is an eight year old kid somewhere who gets inspired from Attack of the Clones… because I did.
Now I’ve grown up and objectively know it’s a terrible movie, so I choose not to ruin my childhood by watching it again, (I’ve seen bits and pieces here and there and can confirm it’s bad) but it doesn’t change the fact I still drew inspiration from it.
I never want to stop being a dreamer.