(A/N: This was written in December of 2018, so it is pretty old and not as well written as my newer essays. I just am slow in posting my novel and I felt bad about it! Despite how terribly written this is, feel free to review.)
October Sky, directed by Joe Johnson, is one of the best movies of 1999. I am the senior movie critic at Movie Studios Review, the premier movie rating agency in America. For fifty years, Movie Studios Review has reviewed every major motion picture at the box office. October Sky involves one young man's quest to follow his dreams and escape his small town. October Sky is a thoughtfully-told and well-acted coming of age story which is an inspiring movie for people of all ages.
Characters of October Sky
October Sky has many interesting characters that are portrayed by amazing actors. The protagonist of this movie is Homer Hickam. Homer is played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who has starred in movies such as Zodiac and City Slickers. Homer is a normal teenager who loves football, but is not a star on the team. Although his father is a coal miner, he has no interest spending his life in the mines. When he sees the Sputnik 1 orbit the earth, he becomes fascinated with rocket science. The Sputnik was the first man-made artificial satellite to be launched into space by the Soviet Union. Homer’s dad, deftly played by Chris Cooper of Seabiscuit fame, initially does not approve of his son’s rocket obsession, but his mom, played by Natalie Canerday, is very supportive of her son’s rocket building. Cooper gives a powerful performance as a father struggling with accepting his son’s dream to do something different. Miss Riley (Laura Dern), Homer’s high school teacher, encourages him to never lose sight of his dreams. Chris Owen, William Lee Scott, and Chad Lindberg star as Homer’s closest friends who share a love of rocket science. Owens’s turn as Homer’s friend Quentin is an Oscar-worthy performance.
The Plot of the Movie
October Sky takes place during the 1950s in a working-class, coal mining town in West Virginia called Coalwood. The young people in Coalwood believe there is little chance to escape the town, unless they become one of the select few that get a sports scholarship. Homer and his friends desperately want to find a way out of Coalwood so that they do not have to spend a life in the mines. They are inspired by Sputnik and the space program to build rockets as a way to change their life path. The movie is named for the night in October when they see Sputnik pass over their town. The young protagonist and his friends are helped by a supportive group of neighbors and teachers, including Miss Riley. Nonetheless, Homer and his friends face many obstacles in their quest to prove they can be more than a coal miner, including near destruction of a neighboring town.
Movie Studios Review Rating
October Sky is one of the best movies of the year and is solidly a nine on Movie Review Studios’ rating scale. The movie and its actors have already received many accolades, having been nominated for fifteen awards. Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for and won the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star for his role in this movie. From the first scene where Homer is staring at Sputnik fly through the night sky, to the heartwarming ending, the movie will keep audiences young and old alike glued to the screen.
This movie is a spectacular film that has been nominated for many awards. Joe Johnston artfully brings the story of one boy in small town America to the big screen. October Sky has it all: wonderful acting, a beautiful story, and a message that resonates with all ages. Audiences can relate to its message of one young person’s struggle with finding his true identity. October Sky is a reason for all people to go to the theaters this holiday season.
Rotten Tomatoes Editors. Rotten Tomatoes, Rotten Tomatoes, 2018. Google,
www.rottentomatoes.com/m/october_sky. Accessed 15 Dec. 2018.
This website is owned by Rotten Tomatoes and was a great website that helped me out a lot.The Rotten Tomatoes website was a very good website to learn what other people thought about the movie I was doing a review on. It also taught me what actors played in October Sky. Overall, this website helped me very much.
Wikipedia.com Editors. October Sky, Wikipedia, 9 Dec. 2018. Google,
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Sky. Accessed 17 Dec. 2018
The website Wikipedia had many good facts on it’s webpage about October Sky. It is owned by Wikipedia, and was last updated on December 9, 2018. This website helped me get the names of the actors in the movie and what other movies they played in. This webpage had even more facts on the film that I didn’t use, which other people could use on their essay. This webpage is a very good one to use.