SpaceCamp (Space Camp) Reviews
Space Camp is about a group of kids who come to a camp at the N.A.S.A. headquarters to learn all about space. Each of the kids is assigned a position in the space shuttle by an astronaut named Andie. When the group goes with Andie to the space shuttle for a simulation, they accidentally get launched up into space, and they have to figure out how to get back home before they run out of oxygen.
Andie (Kate Capshaw) is a famous astronaut who teaches the kids about operating the space shuttle. She is an encouraging and helpful teacher who pushes each one of them to work to the best of their ability. Kathryn (Lea Thompson) is one of the kids attending the space camp. She is very smart and knows a lot about space. She is assigned the position of the pilot and she is expected to do everything right.
Tish (Kelly Preston) is another teenage girl at the space camp. She is friendly, pretty, girly, and actually smarter then she acts. Rudy (Larry B. Scott) is an older camper who loves science, but he thinks he is terrible at it. He is nice, funny, and very friendly. He ends up studying very hard and becomes a really good scientist.
Max (Joaquin Phoenix) is the youngest kid in the group and he actually wasnâ(TM)t even supposed to be in the camp because of his age. All he ever wanted to do in life is go up in space. When the group gets introduced to a space robot named Jinx, Max steals him and forms a close friendship with it. And lastly, Kevin (Tate Donovan) is a bad teenage boy who doesnâ(TM)t care about space camp at all. He doesnâ(TM)t even want to be there, but he has no choice.
What is not that great in Space Camp are the special effects and animation. When the characters go up into space, it almost looks like they are a cut-out picture. Nothing looks very realistic to me at all. I know that technology has come a long way since 1986, so that is why these things donâ(TM)t look that professional.
What is good in the movie is the humor. The jokes are funny and easy to understand. The characters are also a good part of the movie. You really get to know them and enjoy their performances.
This movie is rated PG, but it does have some bad language in it and some pretty intense scenes. Because of this, I think this movie would only be good for kids who are 10 years old up until 14 years. Since this is a classic movie, the family may enjoy sitting down and watching it together. I am giving Space Camp a 3 out of 5 stars. My overall impression is that it is worth a look.
Reviewed by Talila R, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic.
This movie got critisized quite badly when it was released but not so much because it was bad. It just had a bad timing. Unfortunately, when the movie was supposed to be released, the space shuttle disaster happened. The movie was postponed, but still, it was too soon and people simply didn't like to be reminded about this tragedy. This would be the reason why it's not a very nice memory for some people.
Many elements of this movie were done very well. It does give you some insight on how some of the space equipment works and what it takes to be an astronaut. If you have any interest in this kind of stuff, you will at least like the movie for that.
The characters differ from each other which makes some scenes interesting. Unfortunately, the story didn't take advantage of that very much. At the end of the day, it's just a bunch of kids accidentaly launched into space whose issues are resolved because of the near death experience. We've seen that already in many other movies about kids. Really, watching this or any other generic family movie is the same experience. The only thing that's different is the setting.
To sum up, this movie is not for everyone. If you're just looking for a good 80's movie, watch something else. If you like space movies though, this is a must for you. It may not be Star Wars but still, in my opinion, you can't call yourself a spacekid, if you haven't seen this movie.
A fun slice of unrealistic cheese.