The time has finally come guys. You can stop trying to build your time machine*, cross off that final day on the calendar and rest easy in the knowledge that… RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW IS PUBLISHED TOMORROW and we’re celebrating with SPACE MOVIES.
That means it’s also the first day of Space is For Everyone week, the week we celebrate positive, compassionate science fiction, thoughtful storytelling, diversity in space and Becky Chambers’ novels. To kick things off, I wanted to share my 5 favourite movies set in space. Each of these movies contains an aspect of something I love in The Wayfarers and would make a great movie to watch tonight to get you in the mood for Record of a Spaceborn Few.
I’d also love to hear about your favourite space movies. Let us know on Twitter or on Instagram!
*don’t actually stop trying to build your time machine, and make sure you share it when you’re done
1)The Fifth Element
- Bright colours and outrageous costume design, flying cars, Leeloo’s language, Korben Dallas’ futuristic apartment, the alien opera…
- Instead of being a giant mess, it manages to balance the dark and the light, the totally out-there and the poignant, to become something greater than the sum of its parts.
- Joy, just so much joy. It makes me cry too, but in a good way!
2) Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
- Khan is just a fantastic enemy – he’s an evil megalomaniac, but he’s also seriously compelling and a rich, deeply layered character with such
- In fact, character is going to be my second point too. Overall, this is an action movie about characters, and it portrays them thoughtfully and with skill. This does mean that sometimes the pace can seem a little slow compared to modern day science fiction films (I mean it’s almost 45 minutes before the first real confrontation), but it is 100% worth it.
- The BRAIN WORM. Eurgh, but also AHHH.
3) Hidden Figures
- It finally gave these inspirational women the media attention that they deserved and it’s now encouraging women to both pursue careers in STEM and encourage other women in these fields.
- It highlights the importance of diversity in innovation. If we want to advance our understanding in any area, we need to hear from different perspectives.
- NASA chose it as one of their favourite space movies too!
- And it’s also just a really wonderful, entertaining film – it’s a lively, feel-good movie with heaps of spirit.
4) Guardians of the Galaxy (1&2!)
- Eurgh, surely you don’t really need more reasons that that? Okay fine! The humour, how kickass Gamora is, the fun, the Easter eggs, the credits, Star-Lord’s helmet, Nebula’s awesome robot-ness, Drax.
- Oh, and the soundtrack of course. That I am definitely listening to now.
- HOW DOES A MOVIE WITH SO LITTLE DIALOGUE MAKE ME CRY EVERY TIME?
- Also, how does a movie with so little dialogue deal with so many societal issues? It explores consumerism, corporatism, nostalgia, waste management, human environmental impact and concerns, obesity, and global catastrophic risk, and so much more.
- Because it’s been a really long time since I rewatched it, and putting it on this list was just the excuse I needed.