You know, I was seriously planning on watching Clueless this week. But then I started rereading the Tomorrow, When the War Began series for the first time since high school, and suddenly watching a movie about defending your home from an unknown invader seemed like a perfect idea. Okay, so in TWTWB, Australia doesn't get invaded by aliens, it gets invaded by a mysterious and nameless foreign country (fun fact: I must have been watching too many James Bond movies when I first read those books, because I was convinced the invaders were Russian. Never mind the fact that Russia isn't exactly short of land...). But that's totally not the point.
Reasons why Independence Day is awesome:
1. Will Smith as Steve Hillard. Seriously, he's fantastic in this.
4. The "OMG, will they make it???" escape from Washington.
5. Excellent use of REM's "It's the end of the world as we know it".
6. The aliens. They're not very impressive, but they're still effing creepy.
8. It's aged surprisingly well, if you overlook the enormous telephones and the old school computers...
9. David's boss. He's pretty hilarious. Until he gets blown up...
10. Adam Baldwin! Playing the complete opposite of Jayne Cobb, except he's still a spectacular shot.
12. It's a Roland Emmerich movie. The dude LOVES him a disaster movie. And he does it pretty well, too.
13. Margaret Colin as Connie.
14. Randy Quaid as Russell Casse.
16. Harry Connick Jr. Again, before he gets blown up.
17. The scene where the mad scientist guy gets slammed up against the glass. I've been watching this movie for a millionty years now, and I STILL jump every single time. Even though I know it's coming.
18. The scene where Steve is dragging the alien through the desert in his parachute. Pretty much my favourite thing from the entire movie.
20. Everyone's faces when they find out Area 51 is real.
21. Organising a worldwide counter attack using Morse code. Old school, FTW.
22. The crazy doctor dude who's in charge of research at Area 51. He's been pulled straight out of The X-Files.
24. The President's big pre-battle speech about not going quietly into the night? Filmed in front of the hangar that housed the Enola Gay 50 years to the day after the Enola Gay dropped the bomb on Hiroshima.
Plus, the following quotes:
- "Forget the fat lady! You're obsessed with the fat lady!"
- "Welcome to Earth."
- "Must go faster. Must go faster, must go faster."
- "No, you did NOT shoot that green shit at me!"
- "It's the White House, for crying out loud. You can't just drive up and ring the bell!"
- "Oh God, I hope they bring back Elvis!!"
- "Daddy let me watch Letterman." "Traitor..."
- "Y'know, this was supposed to be my weekend off, but nooooo. You got me out here, draggin' your HEAVY ass through burnin' desert with your dreadlocks stickin' out the back of my parachute. You gotta come down here with an attitude, actin' all big and bad... AND WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL??????? AAAAAAAAAH!!!!! *kicks alien* I could've been at a barbeque!!!"
- "Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!"
- "Hello, boys! I'm baaaaaaaaaaack!!!"
- "Now THAT'S what I call a close encounter!"
- "Is that glass bulletproof?" "No sir."
- "Oops." "W-what do you mean, oops??" "Some jerk put this *picks up Post-it note* the wrong way round." "Don't say oops..." "What do you say we try that again?" "Yes, yes. Yes. Without the oops."
- "There was nothing we could do!" "Oh don't give me that! You knew about this for a long time! What with that spaceship you found in New Mexico! What was it called... Roswell, New Mexico! And that other place... uh... Area 51, Area 51! You knew then! And you did nothing!" "Mr. Levinson, you're mistaken. There is no Area 51. There is no spaceship." "Uh... Mr. President? That's not entirely accurate..." "What, which part?"
- "I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?" "You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?"
- "I picked a hell of a day to quit drinking..."
- "We're not hit! We're not hit! Stop side-seat driving!!"
- "Once again, the L.A.P.D. is asking Los Angelenos not to fire their guns at the visitor spacecraft. You may inadvertently trigger an interstellar war."
So. Thoughts? Love it? Hate it? Fight the urge to yell "AND WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL???" Will Smith style when something smells bad (which, I've just discovered, was unscripted - the lake where they filmed it smells like decaying brine shrimp and no one told Will Smith. Lol forever.)? Think Bill Pullman has magical hair? Because, seriously, he does. He was the Patrick Dempsey of the 90s.