Guardians of the Galaxy hits theatres this week, and boy has it been a long time since we could laugh at any movie related to space or aliens (non-derisively at least).
The trailers seem to be setting us up for a fun romp through the stars full of thrills and spills, laughs and gasps. With a leading man best known for his comedic turns in movies and on TV (Chris Pratt), we’re keeping our fingers crossed that Marvel’s latest blockbuster will live up to the feel-good vibes it’s generating.
In a space before time
But what about before? Surely, there were other space adventure movies that you could actually have a good time watching, before all space films became gloomy and depressing, favouring gritty realism over starry-eyed wonder, and almost always featuring genocidal aliens coming to screw the Earth.
Let us look back into an earlier, more optimistic time, when space used to mean “rip-roaring adventure!” and not “certain-painful-death!”. Here’s our list of the best space adventure comedies you should watch.
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The Last Starfighter
This was movie that launched a thousand arcades, with thousands of teens hopelessly pouring their tokens into video game machines. Alex Rogan is a trailer park teen who’s only outstanding achievement is his proficiency at an arcade game called “Starfighter”. When he gets the high-score, the game’s inventor (who turns out to be an alien) comes and takes him away to be a fly a real starfighter in a real galactic war.
Yeah, we know, we’ve had that dream a lot of times too. Too bad getting the high score never got us anywhere.
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