|I remember seeing these posters|
at the cinema in 1986. I saw it on
TV in 1988, we taped it. Yes,
my childhood memories of this
were a grainy VHS copy from
BBC or ITV.
However, part of it has been a development to a more parenting based blog than solely one on fatherhood and having a son. Tonight this takes a new turn. The Girlie is now old enough to watch a film with her Daddy before bed. And I shared an old favourite of mine with her: The Flight of the Navigator. This was made in 1986 and has one of those standard 1980s draw ins of being about a child and aliens. It was a genuine thing back then after E.T.
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Anyway, she and I sat down in a specially darkened living room to enjoy the DVD that I recently picked up from a charity shop for a quid. First of all, the experience. We enjoyed it. She sat on my lap and asked the occasional question about the film and we shared a few conversations about what was happening. If you've not seen it then I hope I don't spoiler it too much but here's a basic plotline: David, the hero, falls down a ravine in the woods on 4 July 1978. He wakes up to find everything changed, as it's now 4 July 1986. He finds his family via the Police and then is taken to NASA who have found a UFO that matches a picture drawn from David's head. David gets into the UFO, UFO downloads data from David's mind, buddy movie ensues, sinister plot about NASA and national security is hinted at but never becomes the focus of the film. There is mild peril.
We'd pre-watched the the film already, Anna and I, as I mainly wanted to show it to Anna. The idea of sharing with the Girlie came after discussion with my brother about watching films with my grandfather and how we'd enjoyed it and thought that he may have done too. They were around the time that Star Wars was being re-released and the Fifth Element so we were older... I don't know, it made sense to me.
|I love the design for this UFO too.|
|Oh, look, is this one of her first films? As Anna says: there|
is no way she was paid enough for this role, no way.
|I loved this part the best. Super steamlined alien craft|
apparently travelling at over mach 10 - yes please!
Overall, it was an enjoyable film with Anna and just as enjoyable, for very different reasons, with the Girlie too. And it was a part of my childhood that I enjoyed revisiting. Make of it what you will, but I can recommend it to anyone who fancies a bit of fluff on an evening.