“You’re not from around here, are you?”
Responding to an “invitation” by the Voyager II to visit Earth, an alien named Starman (Jeff Bridges) descends and embodies the dead husband of a grieving widow (Karen Allen). Starman enlists Allen’s help in driving towards the spaceship which will take him home, and they find themselves falling in love.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Jeff Bridges Films
- John Carpenter Films
- Karen Allen Films
- Richard Jaeckel Films
- Road Trip
- Science Fiction
- Widows and Widowers
Response to Peary’s Review:
As noted by Peary, John Carpenter’s sci-fi fairy tale — an adult E.T. — possesses “sympathetic characters” and many “sweet scenes”, but suffers from both a “familiar and predictable” storyline, and an illogical, unwarranted conclusion. When Starman notes that “earth men are at their best when things are at their worst”, we wonder how he came to this conclusion, and why it’s presented as the film’s primary theme when it has nothing to do with what’s come before. Jeff Bridges was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as Starman, but it’s Karen Allen who’s most impressive here — as Peary notes, she shows “that she is more comfortable than any other contemporary actress at playing love scenes”. Recommended for one-time viewing, but ultimately not must-see.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Karen Allen as Jenny
- Jeff Bridges as the Starman
- Nifty special effects as Starman emerges and ages in a human body
- Starman healing a dead deer
- The sweetly evolving romance between Jenny and Starman
No, but it’s recommended for one-time viewing.