My Thoughts On… Apollo 13

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Synopsis

Three astronauts must devise a strategy to return to Earth safely after their spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage. (via IMDb)

What I Liked

  • I fully expected not to like this film, as I don’t generally do well around space. I ended up being pleasantly surprised, because I got swept up with the tension and the worry (even though I knew they survived), and didn’t think too much about the fact that they could be stranded in space.
  • During the film, I texted my friend Hannah to tell her that I was finally watching it, and she asked me who I liked best. This is a no brainer for me; if Tom Hanks is in a film, the chances are very high that he is going to be my favourite person in the film. I feel as though I repeat myself whenever I talk about him, and I end up running out of superlatives. I just think he is amazing. He’s also in his young attractive phase here. He was attractive as a young man, and he’s getting attractive again now that he’s becoming an older man, but he went through a period in between when he wasn’t quite my type. Jim Lovell is totally my type.
  • Having said that Tom Hanks was my favourite, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy the performances of the rest of the cast. Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise and Ed Harris were all very good, and Kathleen Quinlan, as Marilyn Lovell also put in a fabulous performance. Harris and Quinlan were nominated for Oscars, and I can see why.
  • I found the scene where Marilyn goes to see Jim’s mother to be really poignant, how she had to explain that not only would Jim not be landing on the moon, but that there was every possibility he wouldn’t be returning at all. And the scene in which Marilyn brings two young men – Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin – to see her mother-in-law was a nice touch.
  • Brett Cullen plays CAPCOM 1; he has quite a few lines throughout the film but not enough to warrant an actual character name! Regardless of this, I enjoyed seeing his name pop up at the start of the film, because I’m a bit of a fan. He has been in so many things; Lost, The West Wing, Friday Night Lights and Ally McBeal to name a few. One of my favourite things is spotting working actors in things (Michael O’Neill, Jane Lynch and Alan Dale are three that spring to mind immediately – they are in everything!).
  • As I said, I already knew how the film ended, but that didn’t diminish that feeling of triumph as the parachutes ballooned out from the craft and I realised that they were safe. I will admit that I had a little tear in my eye!

What I Didn’t Like

  • As I said, I don’t really like things set in space, because I don’t like the feeling I get. Generally, because most of the film was focussed on what was happening inside the spacecraft, I was fine, but I didn’t escape without the funny feeling a couple of times throughout the film. And I didn’t enjoy the dream that Marilyn had in which Jim was sucked out into space.

What a difference it makes when I write my film post directly after having watched the film! I think this is definitely the way forward!

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