Dante's most overlooked work - despite some of its troubled filmmaking, this film has plenty of creativity and family-friendly entertainment he had (starting with GREMLINS) for us to enjoy & think about. Both Hawke & Phoenix make their big-screen debuts as two of the boys interested in space travel. Can't forget to say those aliens were funny and production design & special effects were amazing, too.
One of my childhood's favs. A standard depiction of American neighborhood and it's stereotypes embedded in a good imaginative space plot. As it's really hard to speculate about alien life, the movie sadly fails to meet the expectations created around the journey. Even so, if you were an early 90's or later 80's kid this one is probably part of it.
Great fun! I started thinking about this film today. I remember watching it a bunch as a kid. It's great now for the look at the era through children's eyes as well. There is a sentiment about the first half being beautiful and the second half turning into a bad children's movie with aliens. Unfortunately, I agree, it's a shame about the second half. I would have ending it with them going into space.
I've never seen a movie with such a promising first half crash and burn in such a spectacular fashion in the final quarter. It is truly horrifying. Even the main character is sickened and confused watching it happen, and leaves depressed, his dreams of space crushed. That's also how I felt watching it. The first half though, is beautiful. It is the perfect representation of my taste in movies as a twelve year old.
A massive missed opportunity. For the most part, it's actually pretty fun - an entertaining, Spielberg-esque suburban fantasy with some cool special effects. But in the last act it goes completely wrong with some ridiculous aliens that are embarrassingly cheesy, even for a kids' movie. Could have been another one of those imaginative 80s cult movies, but the hokey ending ruins it.