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Joe Dante's 1985 space adventure pays homage to classic sci-fi in a number of allusions: the videos Ethan Hawke watches in bed (The War of The Worlds and This Island Earth), the old sf paperbacks and Classics Illustrated comics in River Phoenix's basement, the mouse named Heinlein (after the great American science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein), and the usual supporting roles of Dick Miller and Robert Picardo (The Burbs, Matinee, etc.). Watching this movies always puts me in the mood to reread the Heinlein juvenile novels (Have Space Suit, Will Travel, Rocket Ship Galileo, etc.).
If anyone says they're disappointed in the ending, that's only because the first 90 minutes of the film are so excellent, it's hard for any ending to live up to the oustanding buildup, including exploring the interior of a huge alien spacecraft. Take it for what it is, and if you're into space ships or sci-fi, you'll love it.
I must emphasize that this film is as much about nostalgia for me, as it is about a simply good family film. As a child I loved Sci-fi, and this was one of the films that truly captured my imagination. I cannot look at a truly starry night without almost hearing the harmonica music Ethan Hawke's character plays on the rooftop, and knowing exactly what that character was thinking and feeling at that moment. Beyond awe, beyond wonder, beyond hope.
As I child spending my summer in upstate New York, occasionally the sky would be so clear you could see something akin to what he saw, so deep so vast, so wonderful.
I could also see a seriously good sequel being made to this film if the powers that be ever considered it. One that could wipe away the goofiness of the ending of the original and replace it with a more grown up ending. Sadly however I'm sure the magic, dreamlike quality of a movie set in the 80's will never be recaptured. To say nothing of the childlike wonder the movie inspires in me even today.
So needless to say I'm more than a fan of this film, one of these days I'm going to clear out the garage, find a tilt a whirl, and build my own version of the ship, even if it doesn't have force field bubble technology, it will be one hell of a conversation piece.
Anyone who was of the age at the time of this movies release and likes sci-fi, and doesn't mind the goofy ending, will enjoy this film, and nobody that I know who recalls this movie would ever say it wasn't a wonderful film.Read more ›
This film starts out with Ben (an impossibly young Ethan Hawke) dreaming and then getting his brainy friend Wolfgang (River Phoenix) to build the circuit he saw in his dream. When they do, it leads to them building a spaceship which leaves Earth's atmosphere. To this point Explorers was rollicking fun and '80s awesome. THEN, when their ship is taken up into an alien craft, it totally derails. MILD SPOILER: The kids meet with aliens in rubber costumes who love Hollywood movies and act whacky, and the film is a mess from then on.
We LOVED the first hour, and HATED the rest. A for the start, D- for the end, C average.
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If I had seen this movie in the 80's, I might rate it higher based on pure nostalgia. However, my first time watching the movie is 2016. Read morePublished 7 days ago by shoot424
The Explorers is a blend of comedy and action/adventure as three kids find the plans for space travel has been implanted in their minds. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
If you have kids that like move's and aliens and are preteens this is a blast from the pastPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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