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||Jake Gyllenhael, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Chris
Owen, William Lee Scott, Chad Lindberg
Sure, but some of it may bore really young
She'll laugh, she'll cry, and she might hold
A little, but nothing horrible.
When the scene shifts to multiple failures of
rocket launches by the rocket boys.
None that really stick out.
Charles Gordon, Larry Franco
There were many times as I was
watching "October Sky" that I thought back and wondered if I
made the right decision that day I quit graduate school.
Basically, it was every time that the four boys launched a
rocket, whether that rocket exploded or that rocket launched
into the air. For some reason, with every launch, a chill
ran up and down my spine as if saying "That was you, and
could've been you." For about an hour and 40 minutes I kept
wondering that as I watched four geeks in high school keep
trying to decide if they should follow their dream or pack
them up and be miners like their fathers. But then, at the
end, I felt a little bit more reassured about quitting
graduate school and doing the things I'm doing now.
A Movie Review
"October Sky" tells the story of the rocket boys, for
high schoolers with a few of dreams. One dream, not to be
miners like their fathers, another dream, to get out of the
small town and go to college, and I suppose maybe the
biggest dream of all, not to quit. The Russians just
launched Sputnik, and young Homer Hickam (Jake Gyllenhaal)
seemed unfazed, at least until he saw it passing through the
night sky. From that moment on he had a dream, to build a
rocket that could fly, to get out of the small little town,
to go to college, and work at Cape Canaveral. He began by
enlisting the help of the outcast geek, and the rest of his
friends followed. Through mishaps, family squabbles, lack of
money, and just plain growing up, the boys begin their quest
to take their science fair project to the national
The story also tells how life can be in any town, and
although this town was relatively small, the problems and
challenges the four kids faced can be in any city, anywhere.
There's the seeming disappointment in a father with his son,
how a father wants his son to be like him, or if not, to
make his way out by being an athlete. The movie also showed
that there are certain clicks in high school, and how
sometimes those clicks can actually get together and support
each other. But mostly, it showed, at least for me, that
it's okay to pursue a dream, but not to second-guess a
decision that you made. "But Dude, you quit graduate school.
Didn't you quit pursuing your dream," you may now be asking
yourself? Well, at the end of the movie they listed what
happened to the four rocket boys. Homer continued his
pursuit of the rocket dream, ending up working for NASA. And
the other three guys, well, they all went to college, but
all of them went different directions in their future
careers, just like me! I'm just hoping that they were as
happy with the decisions they took as I am now with mine.
"October Sky" is a happy movie, though there are couple
of times that might make you cry, I know I became a little
weepy. Rated PG, it's a movie the entire family could see,
although I think the real youngin's might not follow the
story line that well, but they might find it cool when the
rockets are exploding. It's a movie that might just inspire
you, it's a movie that will probably make you reflect back
on your life and the decisions you made, and, all in all, it
was just a really good movie.
Acting wise this movie was top-notch. Laura Dern was
great as the caring high school teacher, trying to inspire
her students to face challenges and aspire to get out of the
mining town. The four boys, Quentin (Chris Owen), Roy Lee
(William Lee Scott), and O'Dell (Chad Lindberg), really gave
the feelings of what it was like growing up in a small
mining town, with the pressures of following in their
fathers footsteps, and Chris Cooper, as John, Homer's
father, really portrayed well how he wanted his son to be a
miner foreman like he was, yet, somehow, you could catch a
glimpse that he knew it wasn't going to happen. And finally,
Elsie (Natalie Canerday), as Homer's Mom, showed how
important a mother was in keeping a family unit together.
Yeah, yeah, I can write a generic statement like "October
Sky" is the "feel good movie of the year," or "it was a
great film," or "it's a must see," because I suppose it is
all of those. But I will say it's a very good movie
although, at times, it did drag a little bit, but I guess to
make total sense, all parts of the story needed to be told.
In all honesty, it seemed like the movie was about two hours
long rather than the hour and forty-five minutes that it
was, but maybe, for me, that was because I was so
preoccupied with every rocket launch wondering if I made the
"October Sky," for me, I give it 4 ½ stars out of 5.
Go see it, bring the kids, bring your girlfriend, and just
That's it for this one, I'm The Dude on the Right!