Fly me to the Moon

At first I was going to write a single post about seeing the awesome Moon at the awesome Lighthouse cinema, and then I realised that they were both so awesome that they deserved an awesome post each.

I hadn’t even seen a trailer for Moon, I had vaguely heard about it, and all I had heard was very positive. So a posse was rounded up in the Online team, and we headed west. Because that’s where the cinema is. Besides, there’s not much to the east except a power station and the Irish sea.

Anyhoo, I won’t go into the quick Mexican meal or the walk to Smithfield, and the cinema itself is my pick of the week, so you’ll hear all about that on Sunday. Let’s go straight to the Moon.

I think the most pertinent comment about this little gem of a film came from one of my fellow posse members: “it’s a sci-fi film made for sci-fi’s sake, not a horror movie in space, nor a western in space, just good old plain sci-fi, made with models and no CG.”

And that kind of sums it up, really, it’s a low-budget film that was hand-crafted lovingly by people who really know their stuff, really love their sc-fi, and know when not to try too hard.

There is not one single explosion in this movie. There is hardly any violence at all. And the only robot has Kevin Spacey’s voice and a big smiley face. And yet the plot manages to be original and surprising, just confusing enough to get you thinking, but not so much as to leave you completely bewildered at the end.

Visually, graphically, it’s a stunning piece of work. Stunning because it’s not big and flash and in your face, and that is such a rare thing these days. You could make 40 Moons for the price of one Transformers. And I’d rather see Moon 40 times than Transformers once. Because it’s so much more pleasant and satisfying, so much more human and believable. And the trucks are so much cooler.

Sam Rockwell is pretty much the only actor in the movie, and you would be forgiven for thinking that this would make the film a little boring or claustrophobic, but he pulls it off so well, and without giving too much away, there are a few scenes that must have required some pretty tricky acting. I take my shiny astronaut’s helmet off to him!

If you can find Moon on at a cinema near you, you must see it. If not, wait for the DVD. Or if you really must download it, make sure you buy the DVD when it comes out.

Oh, by the way, before you spend all the movie kicking yourself wondering where you know the guy from, he was crew member number 5 in Galaxy Quest. Yep. I know.

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