Film Nerd’s Choice: Independence Day
Rationale / semi-review:
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cast: Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Randy Quaid, Brent Spiner
Synopsis: Alien fleet comes to defeat the Earth and consume all it’s natural resources… on the American Day of Independence!
This film could also slot under the heading of guilty pleasure, but in the end it is clearly, of all the films I have seen, the film I can quote the best,even beating that wonderful James Bond epic Tomorrow Never Dies. I will happily admit it is an absurd film, and the fact that an Apple Mac is the key to saving the day should grate on my personal sensibilities to no end. However, when this film came out I was purely and simply the target audience… a 14-year-old boy who loved science fiction. I loved every moment in the cinema (with a nerd-gasm before I knew what a nerd-gasm was when Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Spiner cameo-ed), and when it was available on VHS I snapped it up. Yes, it was that long ago and I have since converted it to Blu-Ray.
No matter what you say, the film had a prominent tongue in cheek element, and I ended up watching it every weekend, for an extensive period. I even got my father similarly hooked. We would throw lines back and forth between each other like nothing else.
“Oh no you do NOT shoot that green s*** at me”
“Welcome to Earth”
“Mr. Nimzicki, you’re fired”
“In the words of my generation, UP YOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUURRRRSSSSSS”
Purely and simply put, the film is in some cases absurd, but no matter what it remains entirely fun. It has also influenced me since. I was informed in the last 48 hours that my friendship with ROTFN contributor Fourth Verse was sealed when I was able to quote the entire President’s speech before the final battle over breakfast one morning.
Personal rating: 5 stars out of 5
Objective rating: 3 stars out of 5