Wednesday, February 12, 2014
October Sky (1999)
IMDb plot summary: The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.
Directed by Joe Johnston. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Cooper, and Laura Dern.
Well, this is a charming movie. It hits the right notes emotionally, even if only on a surface level, and it tells an engaging story. Chris Cooper in particular is excellent, playing someone much more layered than the stereotypical "tough father" character. While I don't know that I'm likely to remember this movie much beyond this one viewing and don't REALLY have all that much to say about it, I enjoyed it pretty well. 3 stars.
Flickchart: #746 out of 2023, below Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and above Topsy-Turvy.
Rent for $2.99 on Amazon.