Thursday, October 3, 2013

Flight of the Navigator

Flight of the NavigatorFlight of the Navigator is a far better movie than we'd have a right to suspect.

Plot spoiler if you read further:

A few minutes into this film, 12-year-old David Freeman (Joey Cramer) is on an

errand to retrieve his 8-year-old brother, Jeff, when he falls into a gulley and is

knocked out. Regaining consciousness, David returns to his house, thinking only a

few minutes have passed, and instead of his parents and brother finds a locked

door and an elderly couple living there.

Taken to the police station, David is identified by computer records as a boy

reported missing eight years before. Despite the fact that he hasn't aged, he's taken

to the Freeman's at a different house nearby, and when he sees his parents

obviously older, he faints. He returns to consciousness again on a gurney on his

way to a hospital bed. A few minutes later, while his parents are called out of the

room by a somber-faced doctor, David is left alone with his brother Jeff -who is

now 16.

This is ostensibly a Disney movie for kids -and later on there is a lot of comedic

Disney hijinks -but the first half hour of the movie, as David and his family deal

with the trauma of his time relocation, are some of the most heart-rending and

chilling sequences I've seen in any film.

Spoiler over.

This movie reminded me of some of the time-relativity sequences in Robert A.

Heinlein's novel, Time for the Stars. The characters are well written and the actors

do an excellent job, particularly in the scenes between Joey Cramer and Matt

Adler, as 16-year-old Jeff. The distraught parents, Cliff de Young and Veronica

Cartwright, are also excellent -and Howard Hesseman and Sarah Jessica Parker

round out a great supporting cast.

Special kudos are due to Paul Reubens (best known for his character Pee Wee

Herman) who was originally credited under his own name for lending his voice to a

major character in this film, but had his name removed from the credits, replaced

by the pseudonym "Pall Mall," after Reubens was arrested for alleged indecent

exposure committed in a movie theater seat. (I've never understood how Reubens

was convinced to plead "no contest" to the charge, after theater security cameras

showed him in the lobby buying popcorn at the time of the alleged offense.)

Considering that Disney's Hollywood Pictures division released Powder, directed

by a convicted and confessed child molester, Disney should show some backbone

and restore Reubens real name to the credits.

If you can get ahold of this movie, see it -and maybe Disney will see fit to release

it again -on DVD, I hope.

I have nostalgic memories from watching this film as a kid in the eightees. Along with "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "ET: the Extra-Terrestrial", this was one of my favorite sci-fi films. The concept of aliens and UFOs fascinated me. Unfortunately, it seems to have fallen out of circulation. Luckily I was able to get a copy of the VHS some time back. I hope Disney will re-release this film on DVD so we can see it in its original widescreen aspect ratio.

Joey Cramer is David Freeman, a boy living in a picture perfect Florida town in 1978 with his parents and bratty kid brother. However, he finds his life changed when he is knocked out in the forest for a few minutes, or so he thinks. When he returns home, he finds that it is 1986. David has been missing for 8 years, yet David himself has not aged. David's parents are now eight years older, and his bratty kid brother has grown up into a quite decent 16-year-old. David's quest to find out what happened to him will take him to an alien spacecraft run by a computer named Max.

The first half of the film is structured like an eerie mystery as David and the police try to piece together what happened to David. This is perfectly complemented by Alan Silvestri's eerie score. The film loses some of its mystery later on, but it's still highly enjoyable. The spacecraft looks incredible, and the scenes where David gets to fly the spacecraft are really neat. I think though I liked Max better before he assumed his Pee-Wee Herman voice (voiced by Pee-Wee himself).

The ending nicely tied things up. Too bad we don't get to see what becomes of David's crush on the local girl.

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While meeting his brother in the woods in 1978, David Freeman falls down a ravine. He gets up to discover that it's suddenly 1986. Where has he been for the last 8 years? Meanwhile, NASA has found a space ship. Is there a connection? Can they find a way into the ship? And who keeps calling David inside his mind?

I loved this movie as a kid. While the first part seems slow and rather obvious if you've heard of the premise, the second part is a fun ride. Once David meets up with Max, things pick up and the movie switch from mystery to comedy. Watching it today, I was impressed by the special effects. This movie is almost 20 years old and they still hold up very well.

This is basically a movie only DVD release. The film is presented in wide screen and surround sound. But for the price, you're getting a great deal.

While not great cinema, this is a movie that the entire family will have fun watching together. Get it today and enjoy.

Read Best Reviews of Flight of the Navigator Here

This is a fantastic movie. Brilliantly imaginative, well-written, performed, directed. "Flight of the Navigator" is one of those movies that represents my generation's childhood (with the likes of E.T.), and the fantasy, imagination, and wonder that was so prevalent in the 1980's and seems somehow lost today.

This movie is a teasure from a recent but gone era. It's a kid's movie, and an adult's movie. It's a movie for everyone now and forever.

And the soundtrack is stunning as well. This movie needs to be released again on VHS and DVD. Perhaps someone will read our reviews who can help.

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One of the Best movies of my childhood. along with movies like (Goonies, NeverEnding Story, Labyrinth, Short-Circut, Invisible Kid, E.T.) and etc. This movie has amazing memorable moments that you will always remember. And no other movie has a genuine story like it. Let me say this, even if you are an Adult, This movie will still catch your interest. I watch it still and i am 21 now.

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