The Last Starfighter
25th Anniversary Edition
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“Greetings, Starfighter! You have been recruited by the Star League to defend the frontier against Xur and the Kodan Armada.” So begins an adventure of galactic proportions in The Last Starfighter. After Earthling Alex (Lance Guest) conquers the Starfighter video game, he is recruited by alien Centauri (Robert Preston) to be part of an elite legion of fighters. Leaving behind his trailer park home for the outer regions of space, Alex becomes the last hope for the beleaguered Star League and hundreds of worlds – including Earth. Loaded with out-of-this-world bonus features and digitally remastered for optimum picture quality, The Last Starfighter 25th Anniversary Edition is the ultimate video game fantasy come true!
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The PG rating is more about the language used (a few minor cuss words) than about the content (one or two very chaste "love scenes") and graphic images (a little bit of mild "blood-n-guts"). The characters are quite likeable - we want to root for their success, and we want Alex and Maggie to ultimately end up together. This 25th Anniversary Edition is worth watching because of the Special Features, especially the documentary about the making of the movie. The Last Starfighter has many "firsts" in movie-making with its special effects. Today's CGI may be the norm, but in 1984 it was not.
Alex Rogan is a smart and generous young man, caught in a dull life at a trailer park. His prospects are low. He wants to attend college and make something of his life, but his mom is a waitress and single. He has a little brother, Lewis, who makes life a little more interesting with his Playboy collection and his rude antics. Alex has a girlfriend, Maggie, with whom he is close, and plans to stay with her always, but, as mentioned, his life is rather dull. The residents of the trailer park are good people, but that doesn't help Alex improve his future. One night Alex breaks the record on the local "Starfighter" game. All the residents are very happy for him, and they have a short, impromptu celebration. A while later, a stranger comes by and invites Alex to look into an opportunity. When Alex enters his car, it turns into a spaceship and takes Alex to another planet! There Alex is invited to become a Starfighter. It only gets weirder from there.
This movie is one of the first to use a LOT of CGI effects in it. Because it's from the pioneering days of CGI, many today will be unimpressed, but don't let the effects get you down. The story and characters are more important and still very entertaining. I always have and always will recommend this movie.
The DVD is pretty much what I expected and has a few nice special features. I am just happy to finally have the movie again. I purchased it once years ago, but it was lost in one of my many moves. So glad I could replace it!
This review is for the digital version of the movie that I got when I got the physical version. Though I really do like the movie I don't like that digital versions are as much as physical ones. You don't anything other than the right to play it while they let you. If it goes away it isn't like they will give you back your money.
Memories so fond I don't even perceive the graphics as dated
Heart still pounds during the "Death Blossom" scene